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First Nations Employment


First Nations Employment and Development

We are proud to be one of Australia’s largest employers of First Nations people, directly employing 1,369 First Nations people, representing 10 per cent of our Australian workforce. 


Increasing First Nations employment rates in our Australian workforce remains a key priority for us. In February 2022, we achieved the milestone of 1,000 First Nations employees. Our First Nations employment rate continued to increase this year, with First Nations people holding 10 per cent of total positions, two per cent of leadership positions and 14 per cent of positions within our Pilbara operations.


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Development opportunities for First Nations people

Our Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) has been providing sustainable career pathways for First Nations people for 16 years. Built on the concept that following the completion of training, participants are guaranteed employment. The program is a key part of our training and development strategy.

First Nations leaders are critical to enabling a culture that supports and allows First Nations people to thrive. We provide a range of professional development opportunities for First Nations employees with leadership aspirations to realise their goals. A key component of this is our Leadership and Excellence in Aboriginal People (LEAP) program.

Our First Nations training and employment programs are complemented by initiatives designed to overcome the barriers faced by First Nations people in securing and maintaining work. We employ a full time health coordinator and implement a First Nations Health Program that aims to improve the health of our First Nations workforce. Key responsibilities of the health coordinator are to:

  • support candidates to address health barriers
  • conduct health screening
  • implement VTEC’s fitness program
  • support trainees with health initiatives and fitness for work
  • develop and deliver health and fitness training.

We strive to build a workplace that understands, supports and champions First Nations people through the following:

  • compulsory cross-cultural awareness training for all employees 
  • ensuring leaders are provided with the skills and knowledge to support and lead First Nations employees 
  • recognising and rewarding employees who support First Nations employment and development 
  • celebrating significant First Nations cultural events throughout the year, including National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week.

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Respecting heritage and culture

Our commitment to preserve and promote Indigenous history and culture is embedded in our approach to operating sustainably and responsibly. 

We work in partnership with the First Nations people of the land where our projects are located to ensure sites of cultural significance are identified and managed.


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Supporting our First Nations employees and their families

We are the only Pilbara-based mining company with flights between all mine sites and the major communities of Karratha, Port Hedland, Broome, Kununurra and Fitzroy Crossing. 

This allows our First Nations team members to remain on Country with their families while still accessing employment opportunities.