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Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training Online

  • $66.00


The information contained in this session are generalisations and do not reflect the opinions of all Aboriginal people and communities. There may be exceptions to the information provided.

In this course, you will develop an understanding and an appreciation for:

  • The make-up of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
  • The barriers that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians face in gaining employment
  • The Integration of different cultures in the working environment
  • Key terms in describing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and people
  • The meaning and symbolism of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Practices
  • The complexities of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communication methods and issues
  • Significant events and their meaning in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander calendar
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander timeline and its historical significance

Although the terms ‘Indigenous’, ‘Aboriginal’ and ‘Torres Strait Islander’ are commonly used now, it is important to note that these names are the legacy of colonisation. The names Indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are colonial labels imposed on a range of people with diverse cultures and languages and is generally used when referring to both First Nations’ people of Australia - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 

There are just over half a million Indigenous people in Australia today. This makes up around 2.5% of the Australian population which is comprised of approximately 90% Aboriginal and 6% Torres Strait Islanders, with approximately 4% who are of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin.

What are some of the barriers Indigenous people face in gaining employment?

The barriers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people face in gaining employment include:

  • Barriers often stem from cultural differences and a lack of knowledge of recruitment processes by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers. 
  • These can result in under-prepared work resumes or inappropriately addressing key selection criteria. 
  • It is also reported that a lower level of candidate interest occurs if there are no other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians working in the organisation.

Factors that can make it difficult for Indigenous people to obtain work include:

  • Lack of education and relevant training
  • Lack of exposure to the mainstream workforce, the culture and expectations of organisations
  • The challenges involved in balancing family and community obligations with the demands of full time work
  • Poor Health

 Run time approx. 30 minutes.