Implemented
Implementation from: 01/07/2018

Focus on Support

We are strengthening opportunities for Aboriginal employees to engage in networks for personal and professional support and development.

Regional Staff Network events provide an opportunity for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander employees of the Victorian public sector to come together for shared learning experiences and networking in a culturally safe environment.

In 2020 Regional Staff Network events will take the form of free online workshops, so no matter what region you’re from, you can participate and connect with your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander colleagues across Victoria.

Each session will conclude with a 30-minute yarning circle so you can debrief, network, or have a yarn.

We’re running each workshop multiple times to ensure no one misses out.

To register for a workshop, pick a topic and date below.

Last updated: 07/08/2020

October event schedule

Mabu Mabu Cooking Class 

In this workshop you’ll learn how to bake damper with Meriam chef, Nornie Bero. Nornie will make a variety of dampers in Torres Strait Islander style – wrapped in banana leaves and baked with pumpkin, wattleseed and saltbush varieties. She’ll share tips on how to get the perfect damper softness, and where to source ingredients. You can buy the ingredients here so you can follow along. 

The session is being run by Mabu Mabu, a Torres Strait owned and run business. 

The session will run for 60 minutes and be immediately followed by a 30-minute yarning circle so you can debrief, network, or just have a yarn. 

  • 6th October at 10am 
  • 7th October at 10am 
  • 8th October at 10am 

Get your ticket here. 

 

Managing Conflict in the Workplace 

In this workshop you’ll learn tips and strategies for managing conflict in the workplace. Career Steer will provide tools that you can take into any workplace in order to identify, navigate and manage conflict. 

The session is being run by Career Steer. Career Steer is an Aboriginal owned and run organisation that provides career skills, coaching and training across all career stages. 

The session will run for 90 minutes and be immediately followed by a 30-minute yarning circle so you can debrief, network, or just have a yarn. 

  • 13th October at 10am 
  • 15th October at 10am 

Get your ticket here. 

 

Managing Cultural Load 

In this workshop you’ll learn strategies for managing cultural load in your work and daily life. Career Steer will provide tools that you can take into any workplace in order to identify, manage and mitigate cultural load.  

The session is being run by Career Steer. Career Steer is an Aboriginal owned and run organisation that provides career skills, coaching and training across all career stages. 

The session will run for 90 minutes and be immediately followed by a 30-minute yarning circle so you can debrief, network, or just have a yarn. 

  • 13th October at 2pm 
  • 15th October at 2pm 

Get your ticket here. 

Past events

Facilitating meetings and discussions

In this workshop you’ll learn how to facilitate meetings and discussions both online and offline. If you’re interested in running a yarning circle, this workshop is strongly recommended.

The session is being run by Creative Facilitations.

The session will run for 75 minutes and be immediately followed by a 30-minute yarning circle so you can debrief, network, or just have a yarn.

  • Tuesday 1 September 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 2 September 3:00pm
  • Thursday 3 September 3:00pm

Managing your career

In this workshop you’ll learn how to build your personal brand, plan future career moves, explore networking, and look at what LinkedIn can do for you.

This workshop is run by Career Steer. Career Steer is an Aboriginal owned and run organisation that provides career skills, coaching and training across all career stages.

Career Steer is a registered member with the Kinaway Chamber of Commerce.

The session will run for 120 minutes (2 hours) and be immediately followed by a 30-minute yarning circle so you can debrief, network, or just have a yarn.

  • Tuesday 8 September 10:00am
  • Wednesday 9 September 10:00am
  • Thursday 10 September 10:00am

Future proofing your career

In this workshop you’ll learn how to build your personal brand, plan future career moves, explore networking, and look at what LinkedIn can do for you.

This workshop is run by Career Steer. Career Steer is an Aboriginal owned and run organisation that provides career skills, coaching and training across all career stages.

Career Steer is a registered member with the Kinaway Chamber of Commerce.

This session will run for 120 minutes (2 hours) and be immediately followed by a 30 minute yarning circle so you can debrief, network, or just have a yarn.

  • Tuesday 8 September 2:00pm
  • Wednesday 9 September 2:00pm
  • Thursday 10 September 2:00pm

Wayapa Wuurrk meditation

In this session you will be introduced to the Wayapa Wuurrk meditation technique, a combination of ancient earth mindfulness, narrative meditation and storytelling through a physical movement practice.

Wayapa Wuurrk is a registered member with the Kinaway Chamber of Commerce.

This session will run for 60 minutes (1 hour) and be immediately followed by a 30 minute yarning circle so you can debrief, network, or just have a yarn.

  • Tuesday 15th September 10:00am
  • Tuesday 15th September 2:00pm
  • Thursday 17th September 10:00am
  • Thursday 17th September 2:00pm

 

Why we run Regional Staff Networks

Regional Staff Networks were established to bring together Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff living and/or working in a common region of Victoria.

The networks aim to:

  • identify local issues impacting Aboriginal employment
  • uncover learning and development opportunities
  • provide a forum for Aboriginal staff across different organisations and regions to network and enrich their experience
  • increase job satisfaction, cultural support and access to job-based support and resources

The long-term goal of the Regional Staff Network program is to develop a whole-of-sector network run by regional Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff, encouraging connection and collaboration across the state.

For all enquiries contact the Aboriginal Employment Unit Team on (03) 7004 7121 or aboriginal.employment@vpsc.vic.gov.au.