Meeting indigenous job targets

Training and employment schemes targeting indigenous workers are slowly gaining traction.

Sodexo sets 20% indigenous target

Mining camp operator Sodexo has pledged to create 400 new jobs for indigenous Australians after becoming the latest company to join the federal government’s employment parity initiative.

New voting rules to settle YAC dispute

The Supreme Court has appointed a receiver to take charge of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation in the lead-up to a general meeting set for next month to settle a long-running dispute with a breakaway organisation backed by Fortescue Metals Group.

40under40: Fair Game plays out van Bockxmeer vision

John van Bockxmeer has been named a 40under40 finalist for his commitment to creating healthier WA communities. He has also been recognised with the Inspiring Possibilities award. 

Court rules YAC directors not valid

The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, which has been mired in years of controversy, has been referred to the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations after the Supreme Court found it did not have validly appointed directors.

Resources women leading the way

As five women and one male champion were honoured at this year’s Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s women in resources awards, Premier Colin Barnett declared the resources industry to have reached a mature level of growth that will likely be eclipsed by advances in the state’s other sectors.

Chief executive for day at FMG, chance for life

A recent participant in Fortescue Metals Group’s VTEC program has notched up another notable achievement, having slipped into the role of ‘chief executive for a day’ as part of the miner’s unique approach to creating opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Bergmann buys newspaper

Former Kimberley Land Council CEO Wayne Bergmann has bought the National Indigenous Times from the liquidator of the company behind the newspaper.

Aboriginal corporations grapple with division

Recent annual meetings have failed to resolve long-running divisions at two of WA’s most important Aboriginal corporations.

Funds fillip for education

A Western Australian charity focused on improving the lives of Aboriginal children through exercise and nutrition programs has hired staff and increased the amount of work it’s doing in several schools, following a major funding increase.

Fortescue critic wins Rio work

Indigenous contracting in the Pilbara is getting more competitive, more complicated and arguably more divisive, as players chase a shrinking pool of work.

McGlinn to lead ICRG

Perth-based Indigenous Construction Resource Group is poised to become a bigger player in the mining services sector after its chairman, Clinton Wolf, lured NRW Holdings founder and former managing director Jeff McGlinn out of retirement.

Yurra-BGC JV wins Rio work

Indigenous contractor Yurra has formed a joint venture with BGC Contracting to provide services to Rio Tinto’s rail work in Cape Lambert and Dampier, with the value of the deal undisclosed.

Aboriginal investment fund launched

Perth based entities Primary Securities and GCM Advisory have launched Australia’s first Aboriginal investment fund, with an aim to provide 15 per cent returns and promote the growth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

Committed businesses get a Rap for engagement

Business News shines a light on four businesses operating in WA that have achieved the highest level of national recognition for increasing opportunities for indigenous Australians.

FMG awards $85m contract

The Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation has continued to benefit from being one of Fortescue Metals Group’s preferred indigenous partners, having joined with Thiess to win an $85 million contract in the Pilbara.

Gumala works through ‘issues’ as it struggles with iron ore slump

One of WA’s largest Aboriginal corporations has been sharply divided as it seeks to deal with the impact of plunging iron ore revenue.

Premier, ministers sign South West land use deal

The state government has signed six historic indigenous land use agreements covering 200,000 square kilometres of the South West of Western Australia.

Barnett will be forced to back down: Milne

The federal and Western Australian governments will be forced to permanently shelve plans to close remote Aboriginal communities in WA, Greens leader Christine Milne said in Perth this morning.

Getting behind indigenous tourism

A plan to grow the state’s Aboriginal tourism offerings relies heavily on corporate participation.

Unique Aboriginal art Revealed

A new peak body representing rural Aboriginal art centres is hoping to attract corporate support for its role highlighting tourism and education opportunities.