What a culturally safe workplace looks like

Cultural safety demands actions that recognise, respect and nurture the unique cultural identity of a person and safely meets their needs, expectations and rights.

It means working from the cultural perspective of the other person, not from your own perspective.

Characteristics that indicate a culturally safe workplace include:

  • clear, value-free, open and respectful communication
  • trust between workers with all contributions valued
  • stereotypical barriers recognised and avoided
  • everyone is engaged in a two-way dialogue where knowledge is shared.

A culturally safe business for Aboriginal people will be able to state:

  • our organisation is culturally safe for workers and community
  • we are well connected to our local Aboriginal community
  • we respond to the identified needs of Aboriginal people
  • we are accessible to Aboriginal people and communities
  • we work in a culturally safe and appropriate manner.
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