Learn the 'must have' information for working with Indigenous people and get started on the right foot.
Arrilla Digital is the online version of our Indigenous Cultural Competency training, designed for busy people and organisatons with multiple teams to train. It gives anyone the fundamental ‘must have’ information to get started on the right foot. It provides a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture, demystifies the Indigenous space and serves as an entry-point for developing practical tools for the workplace. Read our media release to find out more.
The course is perfect for:
1. Understand the importance and relevance of Indigenous cultural competency, diversity and unconscious bias in the workplace. Explore its effects on leadership and workplace effectiveness. Learn about the differences and similarities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture.
2. Understand how our shared history, particularly colonisation and government policies, have impacted on Indigenous people and the workplace today.
3. Clarify the facts from the fallacies for those wishing to better understand Indigenous culture and people to enable more informed decisions and discussions on this topic in the workplace.
4. Understand the context for an improved relationship and outcomes between Indigenous Australians and the wider community.
5. Learn how and when to use terms referring to Indigenous people.
6. Understand the value of working with – and investing in – Indigenous talent.
This course is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australians, their culture and our shared history while giving you practical knowledge and skills in order to work more effectively with Indigenous people, or while working on Indigenous projects or strategies. Opening up to learning about Indigenous culture is an important step in anyone’s journey toward becoming a better co-worker and leader. Understanding more about Indigenous culture can improve your collaboration skills and capacity for innovation as you become more open and receptive to ideas from divergent places.
As an introduction to the Indigenous space, Ms Shelley Reys AO will begin by walking you through the fundamental and “must have” information to increase your general knowledge, such as definitions, common terms and titles, and identity. She will then delve into the diversity of Indigenous people to help you understand the differences between each Indigenous community or person, breaking the misconception that Indigenous people and communities are a single homogenous group. While the course explores diversity, Shelley also covers similarities among Indigenous people. Observing this common ground can be the lynchpin to developing practical, mutually beneficial solutions for the workplace.
The penultimate section is a historical summary giving greater insight into how historical facts have affected the relationship between Indigenous people and the wider community, and the position that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people find themselves in today. This information is designed to help you and your organisation when considering how you might employ, retain, procure from and work with Indigenous people and/or work in the Indigenous area with greater success.
Finally, Shelley will present a fresh business case explaining why organisations can and should be involved in the Indigenous area. Spoiler alert: It is a win-win for organisations and Indigenous communities as both prosper from the social and economic benefits.
This course is designed to be highly practical. It replaces the guesswork with useful facts. It challenges beliefs. It can support career and personal development by reducing unconscious bias and building skills and leadership capacity. It can support you to make more informed decisions and to have more informed discussions thereby giving you greater confidence when working in the Indigenous space. And as we all move forward with greater skill and confidence, we move closer towards the nation’s goal of closing the gap between us.
Ms Shelley Reys AO is an Indigenous woman of the Djiribul people and a respected Indigenous specialist, strategist and service provider.
While she works with all sectors of the community, she is best known for her work with corporate Australia in helping them achieve their goals and advance with confidence. She is also known for her work with the national apology to ‘the stolen generations’ and the broader national Reconciliation movement, both of which she played a formal role.
She was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2012 for ‘distinguished service to the Indigenous community, to reconciliation and social inclusion, and as an advocate for improved educational, health and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.’ In 2013, The Australian Financial Review named Shelley as one of their ‘100 Women of Influence.’
Who is the target audience?
This course is for the Australian workforce and as it is a workplace-specific resource.
The course is perfect for:
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Participatory learning that is practical, challenging, engaging and positive.
Arrilla is the leading provider of Indigenous Cultural Competency training with over two decades of experience. Our personalised face-to-face sessions deliver workplace specific training to shape strategy and leadership on Indigenous cultural competency.
Arrilla has been the leading organisation in workplace-specific Indigenous cultural competency training for over 25 years.
Your course developer, Ms Shelley Reys AO, has led Arrilla since 1994, and was awarded the Order of Australia for her work in the Indigenous arena and named the Australian Financial Review’s ‘100 Women of Influence’.
Arrilla’s unique style makes for an effective experience. Our participants report it to be “unbiased yet powerful”, “measured and profoundly articulate”, “highly sophisticated” and “an effective method for understanding and interpreting the lessons for our business”.
"This was a fantastic session which helped me overcome some bias and better deal with Indigenous staff and situations for better outcomes for the business."
Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
"I learnt compassion and empathy in relation to Indigenous issues, rather than just information on the topic. I learnt more from this five hour session than I ever did from (anywhere) else."
"(The facilitator) was very approachable - made us comfortable to ask/say anything. She was very informed and conveyed information in an 'easy to understand' and 'relate to' way."
"I learnt more than expected. I walk away with a very broad understanding and I know how to put that into practice now. I was challenged in a positive way, in a supportive environment."
A building and construction firm.
"It was one of the most informative and interesting training courses I have attended. I only wish is that all Qantas staff could have this opportunity."
"(The facilitator) did a great job of illustrating Indigenous issues and how the past links to the present. She did well in making the information relevant to modern issues and workplace culture."
Department of housing.
"I came to this workshop with zero knowledge about Indigenous cultures in Australia but I am going back with a bag full of knowledge."
Arrange a consultation to suit your organisation’s specific requirements.
Do you have a project where success hinges on the ability to collaborate with Indigenous communities? Do Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people make up a valuable part of your stakeholder group?
Seemingly straight-forward tasks can be made more difficult or time-consuming without the right advice, networks and partner. Arrilla brings a wealth of experience to the table and encourages genuine partnerships; Indigenous communities and all sectors of the wider community working together.
We aim to observe appropriate protocol, target the right people, ask the right questions and deliver a clear understanding of the task at hand. We go on to translate outcomes clearly that support you in order to make more informed decisions.
Ultimately, it’s about ensuring that Indigenous cultural aspirations co-exist with your organisation’s objectives, image and reputation. Let us help you, as we’ve helped others.
"Arrilla has been the benchmark of excellence in service and performance for two decades. Shelley's unwavering commitment to commercial success that enables her to provide free professional advice and support to organisation's that otherwise couldn't afford it has had a lasting impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation's across Australia. Anyone in business, government or the community sector that is serious about making a real and lasting contribution to the lives of Indigenous Australians should be talking to Arrilla."Jason Glanville, Indigenous Leader
"Arrilla has been the benchmark of excellence in service and performance for two decades. Shelley's unwavering commitment to commercial success that enables her to provide free professional advice and support to organisations that otherwise couldn't afford it has had a lasting impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations across Australia. Anyone in business, government or the community sector that is serious about making a real and lasting contribution to the lives of Indigenous Australians should be talking to Arrilla."
Jason Glanville, Indigenous Leader.
“Anyone who takes the Arrilla course will benefit from cultural competency whether you’re non-Indigenous or Indigenous you can then learn and go on your own journey which will benefit not only you but the people around you.”
Adam Goodes, 2014 Australian of the Year.
“It is so enlightening that it becomes empowering that you can understand the situation of Indigenous disadvantage.”
Michael Combs, Founder and CEO, CareerTrackers.
"Shelley's work is so important. We all need skills and confidence to work with one another better. If we repair the relationship between us we can create a Australia that is truly respectful and celebratory of our Indigenous heritage."