Australian Human Rights Commission guidelines for recruitment of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

AHRC box Despite efforts to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage, there is still disparity between employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. 

A new resource has been created by the Australian Human Rights Commission to help business tackle Indigenous disadvantage and assist employers that are seeking to provide opportunities in their workplaces.

Attached is the summary guide developed by the AHRC, which gives an overview for employers:  AHRC Targeted recruitment ATSI people summary 2015

The guidelines will assist employers by giving them certainty to develop targeted recruitment strategies without concern about breaching discrimination laws.  The full guidelines and more information can be downloaded from the AHRC website:  full AHRC Guidelines

Kingston Council approves new Indigenous Gathering Place & Life Saving Club

Kingston_Logo_Narrow_colourICACC member, City of Kingston, has announced that works are set to begin on a new $4 million Life Saving Club and Indigenous Gathering Place in Mordialloc after a builder was appointed to the exciting new community building.

It will feature a state-of-the art centre for the Mordialloc Life Saving Club and an Indigenous Gathering Place and has been funded in partnership by Kingston Council ($2.94m), the Victorian Government in association with Life Saving Victoria ($1m) and the Mordialloc Surf Lifesaving Club ($100,000). FIMMA Constructions has been appointed to construct the project and works are expected to begin in October 2015.

Mayor, Geoff Gledhill, said the project was a highlight of Council’s 2015/16 Budget and would provide a valuable community asset.  “The Gathering Place will serve as a place of welcome for Aboriginal community members where they can connect, learn new skills, learn from Aboriginal Elders, undertake ceremonial activities, share cultural heritage and hear Elder talks on caring for Coastal and Sea Country,” Cr Gledhill said.  “The space could also be a resource for the broader Kingston community to learn about Aboriginal culture, to promote Aboriginal cultural heritage and to strengthen community connections.”

More info:  Kingston Council media release

Hear Kutcha Edwards talk about dropping the pebble on Indigenous radio 3KND

Kutcha EdwardsKutcha Edwards was MC at the Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee tour to Aboriginal sites of significance and spoke with the group about the concept of dropping the pebble. If you’d like the opportunity to hear an interview where Kutcha talks about dropping the pebble, listen to Indigenous community radio station 3KND.  The segment first aired on National Sorry Day 2015:  Listen to Kutcha here.

The 3KND interview was in VACCHO’s Yarnin Health segment, hosted by Dylan Clarke and Kutcha talks about creating awareness around Sorry Day and what it means to him, as well as his thoughts on his own journey and that of dropping the pebble. 

3 Kool n Deadly 1503AM is Melbourne’s first Indigenous owned and managed radio station, providing a vital service to the Indigenous community and also the wider community. More info on 3KND.

Shearwater Festival awarded prestigeous HART award

HART logo

ICACC would like to congratulate the Shearwater Festival on being awarded the Community HART Award for 2015 in the Community Organisation category.

The HART awards are presented in partnership between the Victorian Local Governance Association and Reconciliation Victoria. The awards celebrate projects in which local governments and community organisations are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together.

The Shearwater Festival Working Group coordinates the festival and the Shearwater Education Program, which are now in their fourth year. The Shearwater Festival is auspiced by the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation of Languages (VACL) and led by a partnership of Bass Coast Shire Council and Phillip Island Nature Park. The festival working group is comprised of a cross-section of community members and staff from VACL, Bass Coast Shire Council and Phillip Island Nature Park.

Shearwater Festival logo final 2014More info on the awards:
Reconciliation Victoria
Victorian Local Governance Association

More info on the festival:  Shearwater Festival 
and read the previous post on the festival

ICACC tour to local Aboriginal sites in City of Greater Dandenong & City of Casey

Smoking ceremony at Dandenong Police Paddocks

Smoking ceremony at Dandenong Police Paddocks

On 15  May the Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee held an educational tour to culturally significant Aboriginal sites.  The day was well attended by community representatives, partner organisations, stakeholders and Victoria Police, as well as Councillors and a Mayor from the ICACC region. 

During the morning the group visited sites in the City of Greater Dandenong and highlights included Dandenong Police Paddocks, where Margaret Gardiner explained the significance of the area and its importance to the Aboriginal community.  This was followed by a visit to the scar tree in the historically significant Dandenong Park precinct. 

The afternoon was spent in the City of Casey. Of particular interest was the Lynbrook Estate development which showcased the preservation of significant trees such as birthing and scar trees, as well as regenerated bush areas that were preserved during development of the estate. A visit to the Hampton Park renewal project featured Aboriginal artwork and rounded off a busy and rewarding day.

 Acting as MC during the day was talented musician Kutcha Edwards.  Kutcha was born on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River at Balranald, New South Wales, of the Mutti Mutti people.  Kutcha challenged the group with his commentary and his workshop during lunch was particularly thought provoking.  

Hampton Park artwork

Hampton Park artwork

The ICACC committee wants to thank Andrew Gardiner, CEO of the Dandenong & District Aborigines Co-operative for his commentary during the morning session.  Also thanks to Margaret who welcomed the group to the Dandenong Police Paddocks and Jesse who performed the smoking ceremony.  Mandy Nicholson guided the group at Lynbrook and Hampton Park and her local knowledge was extremely educational. 

The tour was a result of collaboration between the ICACC member Councils, the local Aboriginal community and Victoria Police, Casey Local Area Commander, Inspector Paul Breen.  ICACC members are City of Casey, Frankston City Council, City of Greater Dandenong, Bass Coast Shire Council and City of Kingston. 

Read some of the articles that appeared after the tour:
The City Magazine July 2015
Dandenong Journal 1 June 2015 P42