The Department strives to create a workplace culture to support the unique challenges that Aboriginal workers may experience as an employee. For example, you may come across situations where you need to manage your role as family and community member, with your responsibilities as an employee of the Department.
In recognition of these challenges, the Department invests in people, initiatives, services and support mechanisms to build cultural safety and security for all our staff.
Aboriginal Practice Network (APN’s)
APN’s are local forums in every district that allow Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff to have open discussions about how the Department works with Aboriginal families to build cross-cultural competency across each district. Aboriginal staff is encouraged to attend, and lead discussions on cultural topics or issues.
Aboriginal Practice Leaders
Aboriginal Practice Leaders are senior Aboriginal employees that provide high level advice to the district teams, particularly in relation to how they work with Aboriginal children and families. Aboriginal Practice Leaders also provide valuable support, coaching, cultural learning strategies and mentoring to staff in the district. They also help to build strong relationships with the community.
Aboriginal Engagement and Coordination (AEC)
The AEC directorate have a central leadership and consultation role across the Department, and partners with Aboriginal stakeholders, government agencies and the community to ensure child protection services integrate Aboriginal needs. The team is made up of highly experienced staff with a diverse skills set and experience. They provide support to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff on a wide range of issues.
Cultural Awareness Training
All employees are required to complete online cultural awareness training as part of their corporate induction program. The online training covers the Aboriginal historical legacy in WA, and provides staff with basic knowledge about Aboriginal peoples’ history, values, belief systems, experience and lifestyles. Face-to-face training to ensure continuous development and enhancement of local and general cultural competency is strongly encouraged across the organisation.
Celebration and commemoration of cultural events
The Department’s annual calendar marks significant cultural events including NAIDOC Week, Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week. All districts actively participate in activities across the state.
Employee Assistance Program
The Department provides all employees and their immediate family members, with free access to an Employee Assistance Program. This service is available in all districts.