Cultural Safety

We offer cultural safety workshops and inductions for companies and groups who work with, or are looking to work with Aboriginal people or communities. Cultural safety is defined as:

An environment that is safe for people: where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need. It is about respect, shared meaning, shared knowledge and experience of learning, living and working together with dignity and truly listening.

Williams, R. 1999 Cultural safety – what does it mean for our work practice? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 23(2):213.

Traditional Owners have a responsibility for their Country as well as those living, working or visiting on Country. As such, our workshops/inductions are run by Traditional Owners and their preferred specialists.

Cultural safety workshops/inductions work in much the same way as work health and safety workshops/inductions, and should be done prior to the commencement of work. It considers current issues and concerns affecting Aboriginal people today, contextualising them against history (from pre-colonisation to the recent past) and culture. Cultural safety also includes the safety of people working directly on Country (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal).

Workshops/inductions are specifically tailored to each group, kinds of works, area and Traditional Owner group. Please note that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to cultural safety, and content from one workshop/induction may not apply to another area or group. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of each workshop/induction.

Ask us about organising a cultural safety workshop with your group.