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 & 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.
John Jones Indigenous Scholarship
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.
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.
Spotlight on Generation Success
Leighton Contractors has played a central role in the Generation Success initiative to boost youth employment in Australia.
Employee Harry Levaa, 17, joined other young employees and Australian business leaders at a milestone event introduced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, where they participated in a high-level roundtable aimed at identifying actions that can grow employment opportunities for young people in Australia.
Harry is undertaking an engineering mechanical apprenticeship on the M5 East operations and maintenance contract after joining us from Sydney’s James Meehan High School as a result of our community investment partnership with the Beacon Foundation.
“So many of the kids at my school still don’t have jobs or know what they want to do. With my apprenticeship at Leighton Contractors I can see a future for myself and hope one day to get into mining. I am one of the lucky ones,” Harry said.