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What is Australians Together?

About Australians Together

A SOCIAL MOVEMENT

We're passionate about seeing better relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

 

We know the majority of Australians want to see better outcomes for Indigenous people in our nation; stronger communities and healthier relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

 

The reality is, over 50% of Australians believe the relationships aren't good and there is a high belief amongst Australians that Indigenous people suffer prejudice against them.

 

There's a lot of willingness to make things right. But most of us just don't know how or where to start.

 

That's why we're here.

THERE'S A STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD

 

When we hear about the level of Indigenous disadvantage in our nation, we know that something's not right.

When we compare Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians on a range of life indicators, the disparity is devastating. 

 

For Indigenous Australians:Indigenous Australian Statistics

Improving all these things are vitally important. But the question is HOW?

 

A Different Perspective

We want to start looking at things from a different perspective. We believe the underlying problem lies in the lack of relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

 

We realise the lack of relationship dates back to the time of colonisation. By looking back to the beginning of the relationship between the First Australians and the early colonisers, we start to build a picture that helps us understand why there is suffering in the present.

 

Taking the time to listen and learn more about our shared story forms the basis of moving forward and truly living....together.

 

Australians Together exists to help Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gain a better understanding about our past and commit to a better future.

HOW IT WORKS?

We believe the journey to a better future starts with you. Each one of us can take part in discovering more about our past and present. There are heaps of ways you'll be able to use your growing awareness and understanding to make a difference in our nation.

 

We've got 3 key ideas for you to think about to get you started.

Listen Learn Live

How can I start to LISTEN and LEARN?

Explore our website. Follow us on social media.


LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER.
BE PART OF THE AUSTRALIANS TOGETHER JOURNEY.

 

Many Australians are willing to get started so you’re not alone. We can do this together.

The Australians Together Journey is going to help you explore the shared story of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and encourage you to think about the changes we can all make to move forward together.

It’s not a step-by-step program. Rather, it’s a guide to help you navigate through the learning. By the way, we think this learning is life-long...we’re just going to give you a kick start.

Start a personal journey to discover more about what's happened in the past and what's happening now. 

Here are our suggestions for getting started on your Australians Together Journey...

What's the problem? 

We live in a great nation. But when we look closely, we see that something’s not right. Despite our nation's wealth and success, many Indigenous Australians are living in fourth world conditions. We believe this is a reflection of the lingering injustices of colonisation, which have left a wound in our nation. We need to understand how the lack of relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians continues to perpetuate Indigenous disadvantage.  

 

Steps you can take to learn more about the wound: 

  • Watch SHARING OUR STORY Episode 1  
  • Read about the gap in the quality of life between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians here
  • Learn about intergenerational trauma and why it affects so many Indigenous people today here 
  • Read about some of the particular challenges facing Indigenous young people here

How does the past affect the present? 

Many of us are aware that Indigenous disadvantage exists in Australia. But not all of us understand Indigenous disadvantage as a result of our nation's history of colonisation. When we hear people alive today share how they and their loved ones have been affected by the past, we begin to understand the present in a different light. 

 

Steps you can take to learn more about our history: 


What does this have to do with me? 

As Australians, we share in the wealth and success of this nation, but we also inherit its history. Understanding where we fit into this story is really important if we're going to make things right in our nation. Something as simple as examining our own thoughts and attitudes can help make a big difference. 

 

Steps you can take to learn more about your part: 

  • Watch SHARING OUR STORY Episode 4   
  • Listen to Richard share why he believes it’s so important for every Australian to go on the Australians Together Journey here 

Why is culture important? 

Learning about Indigenous culture can help us better understand each other. This is really important for right relationship. Taking an interest in Indigenous culture also shows that we value what's important to Indigenous people, and can enrich the way we see the world. 

 

Steps you can take to learn more about culture:

  • Learn about traditional kinship systems and their continued importance for many Indigenous people here 
  • Discover more about Indigenous spirituality here 
  • Understand Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country and why these practices are so important here
  • Listen to Bob share about the affect loss of culture has had on him here 

What can I do? 

There are many ways that you can be part of building a better future for all Australians. We’ll give you ideas of things you can do, as well as help you consider the attitude with which you respond. Whatever you choose to do, remember the way we approach the action can be just as important as the action itself. 

 

Steps you can take to learn more about how to respond:


How do I get involved?

Maybe you want to personally connect with Indigenous people, for example going along to local events or volunteering with a local group.

 

Here are some ways you can get involved: 

  • Check our Events page for any upcoming events near you 
  • Relationship Resources - ideas on how you can connect, available in Group Leader Access


CAREERS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

CREATE IMPACT EVERYDAY - JOIN OUR TEAM

We’re all about stronger, healthier relationships and connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. We’re on a mission to build awareness about our shared story and inspire hope for a better future together.  We’re just getting started and on the look out for like-minded, passionate people to join our team.

 

Explore our job openings. You might be the person we’re looking for!

We're Currently Hiring

 

MEDIA SPECIALIST

ADELAIDE BASED  |  FULL TIME POSITION

You’ll create high quality visual stories through video and photography communication.

Download Media Specialist Job Advert (PDF)

 

 

ASSISTANT OPERATIONS MANAGER

MELBOURNE OR ADELAIDE BASED  |  FULL TIME POSITION

You'll provide finance, administration and systems support for Australians Together.

Download Assistant Operation Manager Advert (PDF)

 

 

For more information about careers at Australians Together contact careers@australianstogether.org.au.


WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website may contain images or names of deceased people. 

 


References

  1.  The greatest difference in rates of suicide between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people was in the 15-19 years age group for both males and females. Suicide rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females aged 15–19 years were 5.9 times higher than those for non-Indigenous females in this age group, while for males the corresponding rate ratio was 4.4. The overall rate of suicide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was twice that of non-Indigenous people, with a rate ratio of 2.0 for males and 1.9 for females. Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Deaths 

  2.  Amnesty International, A Brighter Future: Keeping Indigenous kids in the community and out of detention in Australia 

  3.  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2014, Homelessness Among Indigenous Australians

  4.  Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision 2014, Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2014, Productivity Commission, Canberra

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