NAB-DCA Research Project Engaging Aboriginal Australians in the Private Sector: A Consultative Report into Aboriginal Employment Strategies and Initiatives

NAB-DCA Research Project Engaging Aboriginal Australians in the Private Sector: A Consultative Report into Aboriginal Employment Strategies and Initiatives Report

  • Author(s): Constable, Janis
  • Tertiary Author(s): DCA Ltd
  • Published: 2009
  • Publisher: Diversity Australia Council Ltd

Abstract: The innovative research project, ‘Engaging Aboriginal Australians in the Private Sector’ is a partnership initiative between the NAB and DCA. DCA is the independent, not-for-profit diversity advisor to business in Australia. In partnership with our member organisations our mission is to: 1. understand and achieve leadership in diversity management and practice in an Australian context 2. realize business improvement through successful diversity programs 3. implement effective compliance management in a changing legislative environment 4. publicly demonstrate commitment to diversity alongside leading organisations. Fundamentally, NAB and DCA acknowledge that employment provides not only an income to individuals and families, but can have direct positive results for Aboriginal communities generally. It also makes good business sense, enabling organisations to tap into a broader talent pool of labour, experience the benefits of new perspectives, and generate stronger links with Aboriginal communities This project aimed to facilitate employment outcomes for Aboriginal people by identifying what actions employers could take to better engage Aboriginal people in Australian private sector workplaces. Importantly, the project aimed to do this through asking Aboriginal Australians about their experiences of and attitudes towards employment in the private sector. This contrasts with customary approaches, which tend to focus on employer perspectives and experiences of employment of Aboriginal people (as was identified in the project’s preliminary literature review). To address this significant oversight, a series of representative national consultations with Aboriginal people were conducted. Through focus groups and face to face interviews Aboriginal people were asked to discuss what actions employers could take to improve employment outcomes for Aboriginal people in the private sector. The focus groups and interviews were enhanced by an initial literature review, which aimed to identify current themes in relation to attracting and retaining Aboriginal Australians, including current understandings of leading Indigenous employment practice and limitations of these understandings and the literature more generally.

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Constable, Janis, 2009, NAB-DCA Research Project Engaging Aboriginal Australians in the Private Sector: A Consultative Report into Aboriginal Employment Strategies and Initiatives, Report, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4536.

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