Importance of Employing Indigenous Australians
In the 19 August issue of The Advertiser, CEO Nicole Dwyer provided her thoughts on the importance of employing Indigenous Australians. She mentioned that “The commitment and intent among employers to employ indigenous Australians has improved dramatically over the years.”
“However, unemployment for Indigenous Australians is triple that of non-indigenous Australians. Well over 50 per cent of the working-age Indigenous population is looking for work. Clearly we have to do more.”
In this article, we also hear the story of two of our Indigenous customers Dustin and Kiara, who with our support, found employment in Roxby Downs, South Australia.
For Dustin, a former station hand from the Northern Territory, and Kiara, who previously worked as a Kaurna heritage monitor on constructions sites in Adelaide, it’s been a career change with extra lifestyle benefits.
“I love working in the mining industry,” 19-year-old Kiara said. “It’s a growing industry with a different lifestyle and working environment than what we’re used to.”
“We both enjoy what we’re doing and we’re thankful to be living together and working around each other’s shifts. It’s only a 10 minute drive to get home from the mine site and we make sure we always have time for each other, even if we are tired.”