This week we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for NAIDOC Week.

‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, the theme for 2020, recognises and celebrates that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

It’s a week when we come together to embrace the ancient culture of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.

NAIDOC Week 2020 is later than usual and this year many people will take part virtually.

Across Victoria, public service employees will have an opportunity to hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, be treated to a performance by Aboriginal women’s dance group Djirri Djirri and learn about traditional ingredients in a cooking showcase by Mabu Mabu.

But it’s important that we have a shared cultural understanding and appreciation, not only for NAIDOC Week, but always.

That’s why the Commission is working with public sector employers to build Aboriginal cultural capability in workplaces across Victoria.

When an organisation is culturally capable, its employees share an understanding about what they need to do to ensure a respectful and inclusive workplace so that their colleagues may feel more culturally safe.

All Victorians benefit from the unique skills and experience that Aboriginal people bring to the workplace, and more culturally capable workplaces will ensure we can attract and retain Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander employees so that their skills and lived experience benefit the community for years to come.

The Aboriginal cultural capability in the workplace program is seeking expressions of interest from organisations now.