If they can do it, I can do it
Recruiting Indigenous talent and having an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment strategy in organisations is key to reconciliation and advancing social and financial participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.
As a business, making a genuine commitment to grow and support your Indigenous workforce demonstrates to your current and potential employees you have an inclusive and culturally safe working environment.
By providing these opportunities you are not only changing the lives of individuals but families (immediate and extended) and in some cases even entire communities.
This change doesn’t just come via monetary value; income is not always the be all and end all. While income does allow financial support, the more impactful change comes in the form of motivating others.
When family members who may be unemployed now see someone working and thriving, it can inspire them to do the same for themselves – “If they can do it, I can do it”. And this can have a huge, positive impact on the wider community.
Extending the reach
ANZ has established two Supply Nation certified* recruitment partners, Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) and Indigenous Work Stars who will help extend reach into communities across Australia, breaking down some of the road blocks to exposure I mentioned earlier.
In selecting this specialised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment panel, various elements were considered, including alignment with ANZ’s values, their relationships with traditional owners and the sourcing approaches used.
Having these partners on board enables ANZ to select one of our Indigenous providers to be present on the panel when recruiting, encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates to be considered.
In turn, this will continue to encourage Indigenous professionals to join our teams at all levels, strengthening not only the company, but the community.
*An Indigenous business that is majority-owned, controlled and managed by Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders is eligible to become a Supply Nation Certified Supplier.