Create change at work

Mentally healthy workplaces work better for everyone, and a mentally healthy workplace is one where is everyone is able to contribute without fear of discrimination or abuse.

Below are some suggestions for how you can create change in your workplace.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Reconciliation is all about building positive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader Australian community. Reconciliation Australia connects people through shared experiences, expectations and knowledge, and educates people about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, identities and successes.  

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a practical plan of action which builds relationships, respect and opportunities. RAPs create social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

More information about how to create an RAP for your workplace can be found at Reconciliation Australia.

Workplace Ready Program

Many organisations have well developed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment policies and programs. Reconciliation Australia's Workplace Ready Program toolkit is based on some of these experiences and is written for line managers, human resources managers and supervisors. 

If you are committed to employing and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, this is a great place to start.

Cultural awareness/competency training

Being culturally aware and understanding the impact of our words and actions in the workplace is really important for ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are safe from discrimination in the workplace. 

Find out how to incorporate cultural awareness and cultural competency training in your workplace. The Victorian Public Sector Commission has provided some information on this. 

Heads Up

Heads Up is all about giving individuals and businesses the tools to create more mentally healthy workplaces, free of discrimination and abuse.

Developed by the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and beyondblue, Heads Up encourages everyone in the workplace to play their part in creating a mentally healthy working environment, take care of their own mental health, and look out for their colleagues. 

What else can my workplace do?

Have a look at Reconciliation Australia’s website for more information on how you can work with your workplace to create change.