AHRI Awards: The Mark of Excellence

WORKPLACE DIVERSITY AWARDS

Stan Grant Indigenous Employment Award

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Life Without Barriers

Life Without Barriers acknowledges that the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the child protection and out-of-home care is one of the most pressing social challenges facing Australia today – one which continues to create cycles of intergenerational trauma and disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our challenge as a non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation is how we provide culturally-competent care and maintain cultural connections for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in our care. We do this by actively recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and carers, and embedding culturally-appropriate policy and procedure into our service methodology.

We have by no means solved this challenge, but we have laid foundations to ensure that voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are prioritised. Reconciliation is an ongoing journey and we know we need to embark on a journey of ‘knowing more, doing more and listening and sharing more’ to address systemic barriers. We measure progress against our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) targets and report on them periodically.

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