Ventia’s significant cultural capability ensures our services are culturally safe for persons in custody, employees, and the community.

They are designed to ensure the dignity and welfare of society’s most at risk and vulnerable. 

Employees undertake cultural awareness training conducted by experienced personnel from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island, Māori, and Pasifika backgrounds (we also offer this training to clients).  

We are committed to ensuring people from diverse backgrounds, including those from the LGBTIQ+ community – are well represented in these services and benefit from employment and social opportunities. 

This is central to achieving our diversity, inclusion and equity targets and helps make our services safer for vulnerable groups through familiarity. 

In Australia, our unique Training, Recruitment, Employment, Care, Career Advancement (TRECCA) team – co-led by General Manager Indigenous Participation Byron Davis – is dedicated to providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Our Indigenous Advisory Board sits at the top of Ventia’s governance structure, providing guidance on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander relations and engagement, advises on policy, and challenges us to seek continual improvement. 

In Aotearoa, New Zealand, Kaitohutohu Māori - Ricky Steedman co-chairs the “Te Ara o Rehua” management group to introduce Māori cultural values and initiatives to improve, encourage and enhance Māori participation and build cultural capability. 

Ricky and Byron are here at CTC 2023 and would welcome a talk with delegates about how these cultural initiatives could support their organisations.

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