Indigenous Relations at Toxfree

At Toxfree, we are committed to giving back to local communities and striving to achieve better social outcomes. That’s why we put Indigenous relations at the forefront of everything we do, to ensure that our activities do no harm to local communities. We have developed a number of initiatives to provide more opportunities to Indigenous communities across Australia.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Toxfree has an endorsed Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan to facilitate ongoing increases in Aboriginal participation across all services.

Our commitment towards developing a Reconciliation Action Plan is only one element of Toxfree’s approach in delivering improved outcomes for both Toxfree and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.

Toxfree has a priority employment initiative, implemented partnership agreements and encourages the ongoing promotion of respect for Aboriginal Australian culture.

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PTES

PTES is regarded as a success story within the group. The business boasts employee numbers of approximately 49 FTEs in the inland Pilbara region, 23 of which are currently indigenous (44%). In addition, PTES through its associated joint venture sub-contractors has approved supervisor and management training programs in place at FMG’s Solomon mines, where its traditional owner representatives are working onsite and importantly taking part in formal supervisor and management training programs.

PTES’ Indigenous participation, partnering, recruitment and retention strategy is based on the relationships formed between PTES and traditional owners from the regions in which it operates. The PTES engagement model involves development of business partnerships with traditional land owners, gaining support for projects and at the same time providing valuable systems, financial and operational support thus enabling PAPs and or traditional owner businesses / groups to participate in works that might otherwise be inaccessible to them.Since its inception PTES has been committed to using local indigenous labour at every opportunity. Engaging local communities and Indigenous groups is an important objective and key to the company’s business strategy.

PTES has always maintained at least 25% Aboriginal ownership including 12.5% traditional ownership through Rose McPhees’ connection to the Nyamal people. The venture is a genuine Aboriginal business success story achieving recurring revenues of more than $30m p.a.

For our full range of services please see the PTES Capability Statement below.

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PTW

Consisting of 54% indigenous participation, PTW Environmental Services is a partnership between Pilbara Logistics, Wintawari Guruma Enterprises Pty Ltd., WGEPL is 100% owned by the Eastern Guruma Traditional Owners and has been established as the enterprise arm of Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (WGAC) in order to benefit and build the work capacity of the Eastern Guruma people. Eastern Guruma country includes Rio Tinto’s Brockman 2, Silvergrass, Nammuldi, Western Turner, Tom Price and Marandoo mines as well as most of FMG’s Solomon mine.

The objectives of the Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation (WGAC) include the direct relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, misfortune, destitution or helplessness among Aboriginal people, especially the common law holders. WGAC is also charged with the protection, preservation and advancement of traditional laws, languages, culture and customs.

PTW comprises of 51.24% indigenous ownership and has a track record of employing more than 40% aboriginal employees. PTW offers career advancement and currently employs (4) aboriginal supervisors across FMGL Waste operations.

9.2% of PTW revenue is contracted to Wintawari Guruma Enterprises. WG profits are distributed to WG and support local community development and enhancement.

PTK

PTK Environmental services (PTK) was formed in 2015 when tendering on the Forescues Metals Group (FMGL) miscellaneous services contract in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. PTK is an incorporated joint venture combining a traditional owner business (King Kira), an existing Pilbara Aboriginal Business (PTES) and one of Australia’s largest national environmental and industrial service providers (Toxfree).

Today PTK has grown into a mature business providing training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, as well as career advancement and development opportunities for Tammy O’Connor, owner of King Kirra.

Supporting Indigenous Employment

Toxfree is focused on increasing Indigenous employment to exceed the proportion of employed Indigenous people within the national population. In 2006, there were 517,000 people within the estimated Indigenous population of Australia, representing 2.5% of the total Australian population (ABS 2006). Between 1991 and 2012 the Indigenous population increased by an average of 2.6% per year, compared with only 1.2% for the total Australian population (ABS 2012).

Last year number of Indigenous Toxfree employees increased by 100% from 24 to 48 employees, bringing our number of Indigenous employees to 4.5% of our total workforce.

Toxfree’s national Indigenous employment goal across the company is minimum 5%.

As part of Toxfree’s commitment towards reconciliation, Toxfree is working to develop improved outcomes for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders within the local communities of the project area of APLNG.

Attracting Indigenous Australians

The unique skills and knowledge of Indigenous Australians can add significant value in the market place and can play a major role in helping enterprises to take advantage of local opportunities. The Company will use specialised Indigenous Employment Services that can help find recruits who are job ready and suitable for employment in our Company. Because of their long history and extensive contacts in urban/rural centres and communities across remote regions, Indigenous Australians can provide insights into niche market opportunities that may not be obvious to non-Indigenous Australians.

Establishing a stable and dedicated local workforce

The Company sees employment of Indigenous Australians as a pathway to building a sustainable, local, and dedicated workforce. It can also help to address skill shortages, labour shortages, and staff turnover, especially in rural and remote areas.

Expanding the knowledge and awareness of non-Indigenous staff

Deeper understanding of cultural issues among non-Indigenous staff can be the key to new opportunities for enterprises. Indigenous employees can play a major role in developing this understanding.

Meeting corporate social responsibilities and objectives

Improving opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous Australians seeking employment supports economic independence and the development of modern life skills, which can help to address the long-term disadvantage experienced by Indigenous Australians.

Toxfree can also support better education and training outcomes for Indigenous Australians by making links with local communities and involving them in accredited employment based training such as traineeships and apprenticeships.

Indigenous Traineeships

Toxfree provide traineeship opportunities for Indigenous people, the purpose of which is to focus on creating careers for unemployed Traditional Owners. We offer the unemployed a placement within the company and provide training to give them the best chance of job retention and personal development.

The Toxfree Indigenous Employment Policy aims to ensure employees are encouraged to develop their abilities and aspirations without being subject to discrimination or barriers. The Policy outlines how Toxfree will take affirmative action to create a thriving environment for Indigenous employees.

Our proven business model includes:
  • Ensuring effective recruitment of Traditional Owners;
  • Sourcing suitable Traditional Owners to be involved in the interview process;/li>
  • Assess our business and provide specific information on skilled and suitable Traditional Owners; and
  • Mentor, coach and support all Traditional Owners through; mentors being on site, elders within the community and support from the Indigenous Engagement Advisor to achieve great retention results.
Job opportunities

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Meeting corporate social responsibilities and objectives

By Improving opportunities and outcomes for Traditional Owners seeking employment, Toxfree supports economic independence and the development of modern life skills. These skills additionally help to address the long-term disadvantage experienced by Traditional Owners and local communities.

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