During NAIDOC Week, many Indigenous women are assigned unpaid work. New research shows how prevalent this is in the workplace

Tue, 25 Jul 2023 12:18:58 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"With NAIDOC week coming up, there is already a surge in expectations for extra
labour from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in workplaces.

Events like NAIDOC Week see employers across the country leaning on Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander staff. They are expected to plan and organise
cultural events and experiences, which is rarely reflected in their job
description or pay packet.

The Make us Count report, which we co-authored, found this is not just
limited to NAIDOC Week. This report reflects on the experiences of Aboriginal
women in workplaces within the Victorian public sector, and reveals this
additional labour is a burden on Aboriginal women. Regardless of their
employment level or role in their respective workplace, this unpaid labour is
often expected of them.

One participant stated,

The value [of Aboriginal cultural knowledge] is only when I organise NAIDOC
or Reconciliation Week celebrations. The worst part is that it is up to me
to drive recognition of these important events and for the rest of the year,
culture and I are forgotten.

Many organisations publicly state they are committed to acknowledging
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, which is often outlined in
their Reconciliation Action Plans or other organisational strategy documents.
They rarely, however, provide resources to meet this commitment."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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