Creating culturally safe workplaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Building cultural capability within your business is a continual process, encompassing cultural awareness, cultural competence and cultural safety.

Use our information, resources and tools as a starting point to help you:

  • build awareness and cultural safety in your workplace
  • provide support to First Nations employees
  • help your business be better positioned to respond to your present and future workforce needs.

Building a culturally safe workplace checklist

Use our checklist to help you start building your business's cultural capability and create a culturally safe workplace.

First Nations protocols and culturally important dates

Find information on First Nations protocols and the events and celebrations that are culturally significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Benefits of cultural diversity and addressing racism in the workplace

Discover the benefits of cultural diversity and tools you can use in your business to address racism and unconscious bias.

Building your business's cultural capability

Learn what actions you can take towards creating a culturally safe workplace and improve your engagement with First Nations people.

Attracting and recruiting First Nations employees

Find out how you can attract and recruit First Nations employees to your business.

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees

Learn about creating opportunities and providing support for First Nations employees in your business.

Glossary of First Nations terms

Use this glossary to help you understand and use appropriate First Nations terminology.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Queensland Government respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and seas from across Queensland. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the state.

A better understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures develops an enriched appreciation of Australia's cultural heritage and can lead to reconciliation. This is essential to the maturity of Australia as a nation and fundamental to the development of an Australian identity.

'First Nations peoples', 'Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' and 'Indigenous peoples' will be used interchangeably throughout these resources.

Download the cultural capability resource

Find practical tools and information to build awareness and cultural safety in your business, provide support to First Nations employees and improve engagement with First Nations people.

These resources are a key action under the Queensland Government's Paving the Way – First Nations Training Strategy, which addresses First Nations-led training and workforce solutions, skills and training pathway opportunities, and cultural awareness skills and competency.

Tools and resources

Find more information on human resources and employment support for your small business.

Support for employers

Find support for Queensland employers to hire jobseekers and manage their workforce.

Mentoring for Growth

Access volunteer business experts who provide insights and suggestions relating to your business challenges and opportunities.

Employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Find a range of government incentives, programs and packages available for employing First Nations people in your business.