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Museum Indigenous Network

Indigenous Employment Award

The Museum, or rather its Indigenous staff network (MINmin), 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.’

View more about why MINMin won the Award 

The past

The Museum Indigenous Network (MINmin), was established after the former Indigenous support group, Visitor Services and Volunteers Indigenous Network (VSVIN), voted to open membership to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees at the National Museum.

The present

The purpose of MINmin, as expressed in its mandate, is to support Indigenous employees in their role at the Museum, both socially and in the workplace, providing the first point of contact for issues that affect First Australians more broadly, as well as being a resource for the Museum.

MINmin was launched with a barbecue with guests from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), establishing a new and emerging relationship with the Museum's partners. At this launch, MINmin announced its associate membership, known as the MINmin lites, for those that have an interest in Indigenous matters. MINmin members meet monthly and MINmin social events are held throughout the year with members of the MINmin lites.

The future

The National Museum continues to support MINmin, from its inception as the Visitor Services and Volunteers Indigenous Network through to its aspiration of connecting with Indigenous employees at other cultural institutions in the Canberra area – MINexus. MINexus will meet to discuss issues we all have in common, gaining strength in the numbers to go on and accomplish so much.

Canberra Indigenous Community tour of Old Masters exhibition at the National Museum of Australia
Members of the Canberra Indigenous community gather for a tour of the Old Masters exhibition at the National Museum of Australia. Photo: Damian McDonald.

Did you know?

Our title is an acronym and a duplication, where repeating a word in Indigenous language represents abundance. 'MIN' stands for:

  • many Museums;
  • many Indigenous peoples;
  • many Networks and connections.
MINmin staff at Sea of Hands event.
MINmin staff at Sea of Hands event. Photo: Simon Goode.