Agenda

08:30

08:50

09:00

Theme: Building Indigenous Workforce, Business Capacity and Capability

09:10

  • Aboriginal businesses in 2 worlds  
  • Your story and obtaining buy in from clients 
  • Looking into strategic partnerships 

Speakers

Scott McCartney

CEO

Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria

09:40

  • What is a culturally safe workplace? 
  • Promoting and managing cultural safety in your workplace and embedding cultural safe practices in a workplace 

Speakers

Dennis Batty

Executive Director

Indigenous Employment Partners

10:10

  • Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Queensland First Nations Tourism Plan  
  • Growing supply and demand for Indigenous tourism and cultural offerings   
  • Opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers 

Speakers

Rhonda Appo

Indigenous Program Manager

Queensland Tourism Industry Council

Michelle Whitford

Director Curriculum

Griffith University

10:40

11:10

Theme: Embedding Culture within Business

11:40

  • Barpa’s model in fostering Indigenous entrepreneurship and empowering Indigenous people and businesses within Australian infrastructure  
  • Building cultural competency to better support Indigenous people within the workplace  

Speakers

Jeremy Clark

National Business Development Manager

Barpa Construction Services

12:10

  • Setting up, positioning visions, goals, and processes  
  • Engaging Indigenous trainees within furniture manufacturing  
  • Evaluating the good, the bad and the ugly  

Speakers

Greg Welsh

General Manager

Winya

12:40

01:40

  • Providing pathways to employment and securing placements in the ICT sector for Indigenous and First Nations people    
  • Upskilling to create role models, build intergenerational wealth and drive communities to support reconciliation through employment 

Speakers

Phillip Jenkinson

CEO

Baidam Solutions

Jack Reis

Co-Founder

Baidam Solutions

02:10

  • Understanding the growing demand for authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation across projects 
  • Indigenous employment outcomes are more than numbers on a page; creating an awareness of the impact of real outcomes vs quick fixes 
  • Creating ownership within construction teams at a project specific level to engage with the communities they are working with 

Speakers

Joel Anderson

Senior Indigenous Coordinator

Hutchinson Builders

02:40

03:10

  • How to facilitate career opportunities for Indigenous women and advance into senior leadership positions? 
  • In what ways can we improve catered support for women within the workforce? 
  • How can workplaces facilitate this with effective attraction, development, and training? 

Speakers

Kieran Shirey

Managing Director

LOGiT Australia

Narelle Osborne

Building Designer, Director

Shed Boss Fleurieu, Nara Nation

Florence Drummond

CEO and Co-founder

Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia

Christina Coleman

International Advocate

Indigenous Women in Mining & Resources Australia

03:40

Online Yarning Circle One: How can businesses develop mutually beneficial Indigenous employment strategies?   
Steven Fordham, Managing Director, Blackrock Industries  
  
Online Yarning Circle Two: In what ways can businesses attract and retain Indigenous people within the workplace?   
Dennis Batty, Executive Director, Indigenous Employment Partners    
  
In-Person Yarning Circle One: How can businesses develop mutually beneficial Indigenous employment strategies?    
Matt Rix, Senior Consultant Indigenous Recruitment, Origin Energy   
 
 
In-Person Yarning Circle Two: In what ways can businesses attract and retain Indigenous people within the workplace?
 Joel Anderson, Senior Indigenous Coordinator, Hutchinson Builders

Speakers

Steven Fordham

Managing Director

Blackrock Industries

Matt Rix

Senior Consultant Indigenous Recruitment

Origin Energy

Dennis Batty

Executive Director

Indigenous Employment Partners

Joel Anderson

Senior Indigenous Coordinator

Hutchinson Builders

04:40

LIVE-STREAM TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE, IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT TO THE EVENT IN-PERSON.

08:30

09:00

Theme: Supporting Indigenous Futures 

09:10

  • The current approaches to closing the national employment gap 
  • The need for an evidence-based approach for employers 
  • Solutions for national consistency to improve data and reporting 

Speakers

Erin Rundle

Indigenous Employment Manager

Minderoo Foundation

Shelley Cable

Chief Executive Officer Generation One

Minderoo Foundation

09:40

  • Developing culturally appropriate training and sustaining an inclusive work environment that celebrates Indigenous cultures  
  • Connecting back to country, local community and shaping futures  

Speakers

Brian French

Approvals and Cultural Heritage Manager

Glencore Coal

Shaun Morris

Director

Gunnadoo Training and Consulting

10:10

  • Assisting employees to understand their own cognitive strengths and weaknesses for increased productivity and job success  
  • Brain health and fitness for everyone to manage stress  
  • Understanding your own brain so that you can understand others

Speakers

Sheryl Batchelor

Founder and Director

Yiliyapinya Indigenous Corporation

10:40

11:10

  • How can we break the cycle and provide support?  
  • Looking into the Second Chance for Change program to provide skills to ex-inmates and provide rehabilitation transitioning back into society 

Speakers

Steven Fordham

Managing Director

Blackrock Industries

11:40

  • Empowering and supporting Indigenous businesses through developing partnerships, training, and mentorship initiatives  
  • Overcoming unique challenges that Indigenous entrepreneurs and leaders face within start-up communities 

Speakers

Greg Hodgkinson

Founder

First Innovators

Theme: Training and Development in Design Programs

12:10

  • Increasing participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in primary, secondary, and tertiary students in remote, regional, and metropolitan areas.  
  • Providing pathways, exposure, and outreach for Indigenous communities

Speakers

Kim Dyball

Acting Manager

Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy, CSIRO Education and Outreach

12:40

01:40

02:10

  • How can organizations build on employment capability through formal education and training? 
  • How can organizations assist in driving greater Indigenous Australian representation across different jobs, levels, and industries? 
  • What can be done to support pathways and strategies to sustain Indigenous careers?  

Speakers

Greg Hodgkinson

Founder

First Innovators

Matt Rix

Senior Consultant Indigenous Recruitment

Origin Energy

Holly Johnson

Indigenous Inclusion Manager

KPMG

Gillian Mailman

CEO

MJB Solutions

02:50

LIVE-STREAM TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE, IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT TO THE EVENT IN-PERSON.

Empowering Indigenous Engagement and Career Development 

 
Thursday 21st October 2021, Brisbane CBD (SOLD OUT)
 
Looking into career development pathways, training and strategies to support Indigenous talent engagement, recruitment and retention. 
Understanding and exploring the consequences of exclusion economically and socially and the behaviours that evolve from this will allow you to better work with Indigenous communities, cultures, peoples and importantly employers. 
  
The challenges of welfare to work, poverty to independence, we will unpack this. Go beyond engagement to successful retention, development, and mentoring, building the relationships before the partnerships that are required to make this happen. Discover what makes this happen through an employment and business-based perspective. Learn how to have the conversations that matter through conversational leadership.  
  
Key learning objectives:    
  • Creating your Indigenous toolbox  
  • Generate ideas for your strategy, policies, and procedures  
  • Employment advocacy and actions beyond conversations. 
  • Modelling what success looks like 
 
 

Workshop Agenda 

 
8:30 | Registration and Morning Coffee 
 
9:00-10:30 | Session 1:  Embedding the impacts of culture within communication, teamwork and how you do business  
  • Understanding your organisation’s purpose and how it can meet working requirements 
  • Applying and normalising cultural knowledge and diversity to improve inclusion within development pathways 
  • Promoting knowledge transfer cross-culturally   
 
10:30 | Morning Break 
 
11:00 – 12:30 | Session 2:  How can we improve recruitment strategies and pre-employment training 
  • Identifying and accessing the Indigenous talent for your organisation 
  • Strengthening education, training, and mentorship internally  
  • Choosing culturally appropriate hiring environments and processes  
  • Using technology to support engagement initiatives in providing ongoing support and training to remote areas   
  
12:30 – 1:30 | Lunch Break
 
1:30 – 2:30 | Session 3:  Retention and development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent within workplace programs 
  • Developing supporting and culturally appropriate mentoring frameworks 
  • Importance of getting comfortable with culture in developing appropriate and ongoing support mentoring frameworks 
  • Actions we can all do - Deliver using reflective learning and demonstrative action to yield long-term outcomes 
   
2:30 – 3:00 | Afternoon Coffee
 
3:00 – 3:45 | Session 4: Measuring Success 
  • Explore how we can track performance through metrics 
  • Learning to facilitate conversations within challenging environments  
  • Facilitated discussion and practical takeaways to implement within your workplace 
 
4:00 | End of Workshop  
 
 

Workshop Leader 

 
  
John Briggs, Managing Director, John Briggs Consultancy (JB)  
  
A proud Yorta Yorta and Gunai/Kurnai man, with more than 28 years’ experience, John Briggs is passionate about Indigenous culture, inclusion, employment and engagement. He assists organizations to be better equipped and confident in these areas. Central to his style and service delivery are the fundamental principles of creating culturally safe learning environments and establishing trust. John Briggs is a collaborative networker and genuine expert in his field of professional speaking and facilitation. He has delivered well over 1200 sessions in the last 11 years, across the mining, banking, retail, early years, and education sectors. 15 years in government prior to this. 
  
John Briggs has built up JB Consultancy, which now has contracts with many of Australia’s leading corporations, national law firms, accountancy organizations, professional services, mining companies, major retailers, early years providers and Education Queensland. As well as this, JB Consultancy is regularly invited to present on behalf of Queensland Police at the Police Academy and the Public Safety Business Agency. JB Consultancy takes a simple approach to uncovering Indigenous culture in an Australian context. As a leading expert, we guide clients looking for solutions and expertise around the implementation of Reconciliation Action Plans and diversity strategies that have Indigenous targets. JB Consultancy has built a strong reputation across the different sectors, due to a high level of professionalism, cultural safety, honesty, and integrity of its services.