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EXHIBIT 1: Shepparton employment pilot

Indigenous Australians are five per cent of the

population in Shepparton, and have faced persistently

high unemployment for over a decade. But there are

jobs – in 2010, 65 per cent of local storemanagers had

difficulty recruiting qualified candidates, and there are

numerous Indigenous employment organisations in

Shepparton. Indigenous leader, Paul Briggs OAM,

Executive Chair of the Kaiela Institute, explains, “We

want to move fromwelfare dependency and isolation

to participation in the local economy. We can’t build

a healthy future with that level of non-participation

in our own economy”.

In 2009, Jawun engaged Alan Tudge, a former Boston

Consulting Group secondee and now Parliamentary

Secretary to the Prime Minister and Federal Member

for Aston, to work with Paul Briggs to analyse the

landscape of Indigenous job opportunities. It was

identified that there was an opportunity to leverage

Jawun’s ties with corporate partners and the

community through a single, trusted point of contact

between the two to facilitate job placement. Jawun

secured $230,000 from the Australian Government

for a place-based employment pilot on this model.

Jawun then helped bring together local organisations

that addressed employment through different lenses,

but which had not worked together before in the local

support coalition. All focused on job training, as

opposed to job placement, but with different

audiences: for youth in school (Ganbina), those who

left school (Academy of Sport, Health and Education)

and adults (Rumbalara Ripples). Seeking both

executive and local buy-in for the employer coalition

was critical, since it was ultimately local store

managers who made hiring decisions. In February

2010, a Wesfarmers Executive Visit to Shepparton

was organised, where CEO Richard Goyder shared

his personal commitment to hiring more Indigenous

employees with his entire executive team and local

store managers. Jawun facilitated new, direct

relationships among Indigenous organisations and

local store managers. Jawun employed a project

manager to manage the pilot and supported

Wesfarmers’ engagement in Shepparton with

the Kaiela Institute. A consecutive series of three

secondees from KPMG performed the role of the

broker. The broker, with the support of Kaiela Institute,

created a powerful job placement mechanism

that successfully placed work-ready clients from

Indigenous support organisations in jobs at local

Wesfarmers stores and more broadly across the

industry. Unemployed Indigenous people could

now receive help securing a job, as well as support

to become work ready.

By the end of the pilot, 53 Indigenous people had

been placed into jobs and the local community

has since taken ownership of the broker model to

drive better local employment outcomes. The Kaiela

Institute continues to facilitate the delivery of the

broker model for not only Wesfarmers businesses

but more broadly across the industry. It has

established a trusted and efficient way of meeting

both employer and Aboriginal job-seeker needs.

Secondee in the East Kimberley, 2011.

Photo: Daniel Linnet, Linnet Foto