Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context Blog1

A strategic approach to cultural capability

Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context (DWCC) is a new program that has been developed by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and community. It brings together the best of Yarn Up Tok Blo Yumi (our cultural capability program) and Workforce Planning to think strategically about building a strong and diverse workforce that is reflective of the community that it serves.

One of the processes we undertake as part of the program is strategic visioning using models from the ‘Three Pillars’ approaches developed by Sohail Inayatullah and Ivana Milovevic. We use the ‘Futures Triangle’ to map out the Pulls of the future, the Pushes on the current workforce, as well as the Weights of the past. We use this model very deliberately because we know that the effects of the past continue to have a considerable impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their workforce participation. We also explore cultural safety, communication and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and community.

There are many benefits to workforce diversity and these are just a few of the benefits of growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce:

  • A service that is reflective of its local community is more likely to be accessed by its community.
  • A service that is an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can draw upon a larger talent pool.
  • A service that has diverse thinking and experiences is more innovative.
  • A service that is an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples contributes to social responsibilities and objectives such as Closing the Gap.

Our Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context program can be contextualised to meet the needs of particular groups or regions, for example a community in an area that has a large population of refugees may want to explore their inclusion in the workforce and how to meet their particular needs. As a peak body for the health and community services industries we often hear feedback about the need to see our diverse community members represented in our workforce, not just in service provision, but also in training and in government agencies.

The Workforce Council in partnership with the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) will be delivering Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context in Mount Isa beginning in March 2017. This program is aimed at those working in or with the child and family support sector.

If you would like to know more about Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context contact Christine or Rona at the Workforce Council on 1800 112 585.

For more information about the upcoming Develop Workforce in a Cultural Context program in Mount Isa click here to download the flyer.

More information?

  • You can visit Reconciliation Australia and check out their ‘Are you Ready? fact sheet to find out more about the benefits of the workforce participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • You can visit Community Door for information about Futures Thinking and the ‘Three Pillars’ and ‘Futures Triangle’ models.