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BACKGROUND

Established in 2001, Jawun is a small, not-for-profit

organisation that leverages the capabilities of

corporate, government and philanthropic Australia

to support innovative programs of change in

Indigenous communities.

Jawun commenced its operations in Cape York in

2001 and established a base in Goulburn Murray five

years later. In 2010, Jawun extended its operations

to the East Kimberley and Inner Sydney, followed by

Central Coast and North East Arnhem Land in 2012.

West Kimberley and the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara

Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands are the latest regions

to join, coming on board in 2014.

In 2013–14, Jawun deployed 294 high-calibre

corporate and government secondees to support

over 60 Indigenous organisations. This equated to

an annual, in-kind contribution of $12 million.

PURPOSE AND APPROACH

As Jawun continues to grow and learn more about

engagingwith Indigenous communities, it has pledged

to share what it learns with its key government,

corporate and philanthropic stakeholders.

These insights were gathered from over 50 in-depth

interviews, including with current and past secondees,

corporate and government partners, and Indigenous

and community leaders. Wherever possible, the

report includes direct quotations, examples and case

studies to bring these insights to life.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Jawun would like to thank its valued corporate,

government, philanthropic and Indigenous stakeholders

for their input into this report. Jawun would also like

to acknowledge the assistance of volunteers who

have contributed their time towards the preparation

of this report.

INTRODUCTION

“Government spends a great deal of money

on the Indigenous sector – around $25 billion

per annum. But a lot of assistance provided

is non-monetary, not just from government

but fromcorporate Australia. Jawun believes

that we have built our secondment program

into a successful model of engagement and

collaboration. We hope our insights in this

report add to the debate about how

companies can do more to engage with

Indigenous Australia.”

Tony Berg AM,

Jawun Chair and Director,

Gresham Partners