Working with indigenous Australians, especially in North Queensland, is common place, but not always straight forward. There are a number of particular processes and cultural differences which need to be understood and addressed to be effective when working with indigenous people and in indigenous communities. This can be particularly important when managing health and safety, either externally as a consultant or internally as the safety team. Providing goods and services to or in indigenous communities can present a range of difficulties which are not usually faced in everyday business activities. Transportation, lack of readily available resources, communication black spots as well as the cultural and social differences of indigenous communities can make typically simple processes complex and time consuming.
In this presentation I will cover the main contemporary issues facing businesses when working with indigenous people and indigenous communities as well as raise awareness of the main contemporary issues facing indigenous people which businesses need to be aware of for health and safety and for broader business management. Drawing on personal experience as an indigenous worker, a provider working with indigenous communities, and an indigenous business owner, this presentation will provide practical examples, insights and business strategies for working with indigenous people and communities. This includes health and safety management for local government, land councils, traditional owners, indigenous health organisations, as well as non-indigenous organisation engaging indigenous workers.
The presentation with begin with a ‘journey yarn’ and the importance of establishing a relationship through history before commencing business. It will then cover the major logistical and cultural components working with indigenous community people and business.