We have significant opportunities to help ‘close the gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and aim to achieve this by providing safe, culturally inclusive workplaces, meaningful employment and commercial partnerships and by respectfully supporting local communities.
Through our Community investment program, we support indigenous organisations including The Clontarf Foundation, the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan, Kimberley Girls and the David Wirrpanda Foundation.
The Australian Indigenous Minority Suppliers Council (AIMSC) assists us with partnering with Indigenous businesses in the areas of catering, recruitment, training, teleconferencing and design.
We have signed Relationship Agreements with Indigenous groups across the country and are now working with them to develop business opportunities on projects on their lands.
NAIDOC Week podcasts
Build your cultural awareness about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and learn more about what Leighton Contractors is doing to help “close the gap” between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians in these special NAIDOC Week podcasts.
Ngarda Civil and Mining
Ngarda Civil and Mining, in which Leighton Contractors has a 49 per cent share, is one of the largest Indigenous owned and operated contracting companies in Australia. This relationship creates significant synergies for both companies with the purpose of improving the lives of Indigenous Australians. We currently partner with Ngarda at the Hope Downs mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Leighton Contractors’ John Jones Indigenous Scholarship – launched in 2013
Developed in partnership with Curtin University in Western Australia, the Leighton Contractors’ John Jones Indigenous Scholarship recognises John’s vision to provide opportunities for Indigenous people, particularly younger generations.
John worked with Leighton Contractors and HWE Mining (formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary) for 30 years, and held general manager positions with both companies. He was a highly respected industry figure and mentor, and instrumental in establishing the company’s commitment to Indigenous communities through partnerships, sponsorships, and employment and training initiatives.
This scholarship offers students financial assistance with their studies, paid work experience as part of Leighton Contractors’ cadetship program, and access to mentoring and leadership development.
Further information can be found here.