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The Museum wins an APS Indigenous Employment Award
27 Nov 2014
The Museum, or rather its Indigenous staff network, was one of only two agencies to be recognised in the inaugural Australian Public Service (APS) Indigenous Employment Awards. The Awards acknowledge the most significant contributions to improving employment opportunities, experiences and outcomes for Indigenous Australians in the APS.
The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, presented the award to MINmin coordinator Simon Goode on 20 November 2014.
‘It was very exciting,’ says Simon. ‘There were 16 agencies up for the awards and we’re not a huge agency by any means. It’s important that what we’re doing is seen to be repeatable; that it can be spread and successfully implemented.’
MINmin provides support for Indigenous employees socially and in the workplace through regular meetings and social events. It also promotes the role and value of Indigenous employees in the Museum and seeks to improve cultural awareness.
‘It’s about making the Museum an appealing place, and once Indigenous staff are here providing that support,’ says Simon. ‘We grew organically to provide that safe place to talk to each other; almost like a family away from family. Most of our Indigenous staff aren’t from Canberra and came here specifically to work at the Museum.’
MINmin also facilitates the Museum’s engagement with Canberra’s Indigenous community as well as other national cultural institutions around Canberra through MINmin’s cross-agency initiative, MINmin Nexus.
‘Many large agencies have Indigenous staff networks, but they haven’t connected to other organisations,’ says Simon.
‘Some of the other cultural institutions only have two or three staff whereas we have nine. The Museum has always made an active search for Indigenous people because we place a large emphasis on Indigenous stories. That’s part of the reason I came here.
‘MINmin is also actively supported by the Museum executive, which is very important.’
MINmin has also established an association membership called the MINmin Lites, which is open to any non-Indigenous employee with an interest in Indigenous matters.
The Diversity Awards are organised by the Diversity Council – an APS body that aims to reinforce and reinvigorate the commitment of the APS to diversity.
The Shared Services Centre (SSC)'s Indigenous Australian Government Development Program was the outright winner in the Indigenous Employment category. The SSC is jointly administered by the departments of Education and Employment.