Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training

Cultural awareness training for public sector employees and board members.

Public sector employees and board members need to be aware of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and experiences so they perform their work in a culturally informed way.

A training resource has been designed for this purpose and is an engaging and interesting way to learn about the world’s oldest continuous culture. 

While it was developed on Whadjuk Noongar country, it aims to reflect common beliefs and shared experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia. It has been endorsed by the Aboriginal Advisory Council of Western Australia.

The resource supports the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people action plan, one of 6 plans under the Workforce Diversification and Inclusion Strategy for WA Public Sector Employment 2020-2025.

Cultural awareness training mandatory

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training is mandatory for everyone who works in the public sector for more than 3 months, and for public sector board members.

Agencies may use this resource or their own training resource to meet this requirement.

See the Commissioner’s Instruction for more information.

How to use this resource

The resource takes about 30 minutes to complete.

The resource has 4 sections: family, education, country and work. Each section includes historical and contemporary information and images to increase your knowledge and encourage reflection, with questions to check your understanding.

At the end, you receive email confirmation of completion.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that the content in the resource may contain voices and images of deceased people.

Acknowledgement

The Public Sector Commission pays respect to the many groups of Aboriginal people who continue to maintain enduring connections to the land, sea and waters across Western Australia and beyond.

The Commission also acknowledges the diversity of cultures within the Aboriginal peoples of Western Australia. 

Email the Workforce and Diversity team for more information.

Page reviewed 28 July 2021