Shockingly, more than half of of the survey's responders (59 per cent) claimed to have experienced 'appearance racism'—receiving comments about the way they look or ‘should’ look as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.
The findings also uncovered that, of those who had experienced racism in the workplace, only 1 in 3 had received support from their employer, and only 1 in 5 worked in organisations with both a racism complaint procedure and anti-discrimination compliance training that included references to Indigenous discrimination and harassment.
The report authors encouraged organisations to put plans in place to improve workplace inclusion for Indigenous staff, as well as providing a list of ways to either show support or how to seek help if you have experience racism at work.
Become an ally
Find out as much as you can about your local community and where you live.
Get involved in events, attend, ask questions, and "show support with an open heart."
When people tell you that they’re Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, don’t question them. The report says, "It can be entirely appropriate for an Indigenous person to ask where another Indigenous person is from, though with an appreciation of the complexities of identifying."
Recognise that cultural load exists, is real and is a burden. Recognise it in job descriptions and compensate it.
How to seek support
After any instance of racism that you have experienced, report it to the Australian Human Rights Commission online or call 1300 656 419.