RECONCILIATION

Two years on from our first Reconciliation Action Plan

BY: Tracey Mesken29/01/2019

​Two years on from the original launch of our RAP and we have been able to achieve our initial goals, targeting relationships, respect, opportunities, and tracking and progress. Through numerous trainee programs that we have run across Australia with several major companies, we have been able to increase our Indigenous workforce by 265%WorkPac and JobTrail proudly launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2017, following an extensive consultation between members of our executive team and Traditional Owners and Indigenous leaders, including Albert Bowie and the Bowie family.We built our RAP around a vision to help create and advance strong, inclusive communities involving all Australians through active promotion of the benefits of increasing Indigenous employment and training participation, heightening cultural awareness and building mutually respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.VIEW OUR 2017-2019 RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN HERE >>> ​​With so many of WorkPac’s 40+ business centres based in regional and remote Australia, we feel we have a greater responsibility when it comes to providing employment, education and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians in the communities we operate in.Two years on from the original launch of our RAP and we have been able to achieve our initial goals, targeting relationships, respect, opportunities, and tracking and progress. JobTrail and the WorkPac Group have been able to build strong relationships with Traditional Owner groups across Australia, which has both helped us in providing employment opportunities to Indigenous Australians and in building support systems for those employees.​“WHEN THE TRADITIONAL OWNERS TALK ABOUT JOBS, THEY TALK ABOUT JOBTRAIL. THAT’S WHO WE WANT TO WORK WITH!”– GRAHAM SAUNEY (UNCLE COOKIE)TRADITIONAL OWNER WIDI & BARADA BARNA –​Through numerous trainee programs that we have run across Australia with several major companies, we have been able to increase our Indigenous workforce by 265%. We have also engaged consistently with WorkPac employees over the past two years sharing our joint commitment on our reconciliation journey, providing tools such as cultural awareness training to build further education and understanding across the business.​“KOINMERBURRA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE JOBTRAIL, SAMUEL, MIDDLEMOUNT SOUTH AND THE PARTICIPANTS ON THE SUCCESS OF YOUR PROGRAM AND CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR PEOPLES AND COMMUNITIES. WE WISH YOU ALL WELL IN YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVOURS AND FUTURE PROGRAMS.”– DIRECTORS OF KOINMERBURRA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION –​Since launching the RAP, we have also been finalists in a number of Reconciliation and Diversity Awards. In 2017 we were highly commended at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards, and in 2018 we were runners up for the ‘Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative Award’ at the Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards, and finalists for the ‘Excellence in Diversity Programs & Performance’ at the 2019 Resources Awards for Women.… “[THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES] MENTORSHIP, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE THAT THE STUDENTS WILL TAKE AWAY WITH THEMFOR LIFELONG LEARNING. IT ALSO PROVIDES BHP WITH FANTASTIC EMPLOYEES FOR THE FUTURE.”– BARBARA SHEEHYBHP SPECIALIST INDIGENOUS EMPLOYMENT -​We are proud of what has been achieved so far, but there is still a long way to go. We look forward to continuing our involvement in events such as NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week, as well as launching our next RAP in early 2019 and continuing this journey.To learn more about how we can partner with you to help increase the diversity and inclusion in your workforce talk to us today.Call: 1800 255 472Email: info@jobtrailatsi.com.auFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/JobTrailATSIAlso, check out our related post on https://www.workpac.com/blog/diversity-in-the-workforce/

WorkPac Employee receives the Robe Valley Employee of the Year Award

BY: Tracey Mesken06/08/2018

​In a watershed moment as part of the 2018 Pannawonica NAIDOC Awards, WorkPac had the honour of presenting Christina Hillman the first ever award for WorkPac Robe Valley Employee of the Year. She was presented the award by WorkPac’s Kath Collins, who made the proposal on behalf of WorkPac to have the new award added in addition to the Rio Tinto Employee of the Year Award, as part of the ongoing partnership between the companies.To honour the Robe River Kuruma Marthudunera people, the awards handed out were framed images of Pannawonica Hill, located on Robe River near the mines. The Kuruma name for Pannawonica Hill is Parlapuuni, meaning a mound of mud from under the sea. The Robe River and Pannawonica Hill are the most significant sites to the Kuruma people. The water in the river is called Jajiwura, and each of its tributaries and major water holes have their own Kuruma names.​Christina Hillman (R) was presented the award by Kath Collins (L)The theme of NAIDOC Week this year was ‘Because of her, we can!’, celebrating Indigenous women who have made their mark as pioneers, roles models, leaders and change makers, so it was only fitting that the award was presented to someone who exemplifies that theme.Christina is a quiet achiever, but through her commitment leads by example on site, always there to lend a helping hand to those who need it, and willing to do the tough jobs when others hesitate. Well respected by all on site, she is known for her fantastic attitude and work ethic, in addition to her friendly, patient and understanding nature.Working in the traditionally male-dominated area of operating Heavy Mining Equipment, she is a shining example of a strong Indigenous female role model, with strong potential to advance her mining career and move into a leadership position in the future.We’re incredibly lucky to have an employee as hard-working as Christina on board with us, and we cannot wait to see where her career in mining takes her.

WorkPac Employee receives the Robe Valley Employee of the Year Award

BY: Tracey Mesken06/08/2018

​In a watershed moment as part of the 2018 Pannawonica NAIDOC Awards, WorkPac had the honour of presenting Christina Hillman the first ever award for WorkPac Robe Valley Employee of the Year. She was presented the award by WorkPac’s Kath Collins, who made the proposal on behalf of WorkPac to have the new award added in addition to the Rio Tinto Employee of the Year Award, as part of the ongoing partnership between the companies.To honour the Robe River Kuruma Marthudunera people, the awards handed out were framed images of Pannawonica Hill, located on Robe River near the mines. The Kuruma name for Pannawonica Hill is Parlapuuni, meaning a mound of mud from under the sea. The Robe River and Pannawonica Hill are the most significant sites to the Kuruma people. The water in the river is called Jajiwura, and each of its tributaries and major water holes have their own Kuruma names. Christina Hillman (R) was presented the award by Kath Collins (L)The theme of NAIDOC Week this year was ‘Because of her, we can!’, celebrating Indigenous women who have made their mark as pioneers, roles models, leaders and change makers, so it was only fitting that the award was presented to someone who exemplifies that theme.Christina is a quiet achiever, but through her commitment leads by example on site, always there to lend a helping hand to those who need it, and willing to do the tough jobs when others hesitate. Well respected by all on site, she is known for her fantastic attitude and work ethic, in addition to her friendly, patient and understanding nature.Working in the traditionally male-dominated area of operating Heavy Mining Equipment, she is a shining example of a strong Indigenous female role model, with strong potential to advance her mining career and move into a leadership position in the future.We’re incredibly lucky to have an employee as hard-working as Christina on board with us, and we cannot wait to see where her career in mining takes her.

Workpac Highly Commended at the Qld Reconciliation Awards

BY: Tracey Mesken02/06/2017

​WorkPac are pleased to have been awarded a Highly Commended at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards.  Announced June 1 at a ceremony in Cairns the Awards program recognises businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and partnerships taking positive steps towards reconciliation across Queensland.For WorkPac many of employment and training services are delivered, or in close proximity to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and lands. To date the WorkPac Group Reconciliation initiative has realised several outcomes including:creation of a specialist Indigenous Services division, JobTrail, within the WorkPac Groupcreation of innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2017–19official launch of the RAP on both the East and West Coasts, attended by community groups and clientsdevelopment of WorkPac Group’s reconciliation journey video, narrated by Mr Alec Doomadgee, which introduces the journey as told through the RAP artwork designed by Mr. Stephen Hogarth. The purpose of this video was to raise awareness, among employees and wider communities, of the group’s support and underlying commitment to reconciliationdesign and delivery of several programs of work throughout Queensland which provide training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoplesdevelopment of new relationships with community members and support groups across WorkPac Group’s locational footprint which has led to increased participation efforts.As at March 2017, the WorkPac Group has achieved an improved culture of inclusion and awareness towards reconciliation, and strengthened ambition and capacity to move forward, positively, on its journey.The 2017 award winners were announced during National Reconciliation Week, 27 May–3 June 2017.National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2017 marks two major milestones in the reconciliation history of Australia—50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the Mabo decision.These events were turning points for rights and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Together, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians need to take the next steps in our reconciliation journey.We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Elders and leaders in the communities in which we work, our employees and our clients. Our journey towards Reconciliation would not be possible without the commitment from all these groups. We also congratulate all other award winners and finalists. You can learn more by visiting the Queensland Government Website https://www.qld.gov.au/about/events-awards-honours/awards/reconciliation-awards/JobTrail is the Indigenous services division of the WorkPac Group. The ultimate aim of the business is to improve Indigenous life outcomes. We are optimistic about the prospects of a fairer, more inclusive future, proper recognition of the past and the capacity of genuine partnerships to deliver meaningful and lasting change well into the future. Learn more at www.jobtrailatsi.com.au