Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety in the Workplace

Short Courses for Professionals in the Community Housing Industry

Course Information


Start Dates

5 September 2023 – ENROL NOW


1 day from 9.30am – 3.30pm


Free – CHIA NSW Members Only

Delivery Method

Online via Zoom

Class Size

20 participants

Group bookings available by enquiry




Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comprise one in ten households living in community housing in Australia. Community Housing Providers work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as tenants and applicants and as professional colleagues, and further engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and service providers.

This course explores colonisation, government policies and shared history as the knowledge base to inform culturally safe practice. We will define cultural safety and examine ways to ensure cultural safety in our own work practice.

   Learning Outcomes

  • Define cultural safety – and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety specifically – as a professional practice.
  • Identify the relevance and impacts of diversity, unconscious bias, and Indigenous cultural competency in our CHPs, and on leadership and workplace effectiveness.
  • Understand how colonisation and government policies shape our shared history and continue to impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and our workplaces today.
  • Strengthen knowledge bases to enable better informed discussions and decisions on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety in the workplace.
  • Know the context for seeking improved relationships and outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Australian community.

Who Should Attend

  • All staff: non-Indigenous people; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Delivery Method

The course is delivered via a 1-day online Zoom workshop. Participants will be provided with a resource list and copies of PowerPoint slides on completion. 

About the Trainer

The course is delivered by Jennifer Newman, a Wiradjuri woman with many years’ experience training and working with community organisations on cultural safety. She imparts her experience and knowledge to make the session a truly memorable one for all participants.

Participant Feedback

I gained a depth of understanding of Aboriginal culture, history, challenges from the past and issues that still need to be addressed”

Jennifer gave an incredible day of culture and a chapter in history that I find so heart moving and crushing all at the same time.”