National NAIDOC Week (2 - 9 July, 2023) is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to honour and celebrate the rich history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For Daracon Group, this week holds particular significance as they reflect on their commitment to establishing and fostering genuine partnerships.
Daracon Group has been steadfast in their dedication to meaningfully deliver on their Aboriginal Partnership policy, which seek to extend opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and enterprises. One of their primary objectives is to generate and support employment opportunities for First Nations people while fostering cultural diversity within both the organisation and the wider community.
Daracon Group’s Senior HR Specialist – Compliance, Diversity and Inclusion Emma Morson shares her insights into the Group’s approach.
“At the forefront of their partnership model is the Daracon Group Aboriginal Partnership Policy, which outlines the company's commitment to providing employment for Aboriginal people and engaging with Aboriginal businesses. This policy has paved the way for substantial progress in the number of Daracon’s workforce identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander,” said Ms Morson.
Daracon Group is investing and partnering with local Aboriginal businesses, including industry collaboration with Yunaga Civil & Earth (YCE), an Aboriginal owned and run plant hire business. By fostering these partnerships, Daracon actively contributes to the economic development and empowerment of Aboriginal enterprises, further enhancing their impact on local communities.
Additionally, Daracon Group actively looks to partner with Aboriginal enterprises and people to ensure pathways to a career in civil construction are highlighted. This includes initiatives such as the Daracon Pathways Program and offering opportunities for Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
“Identifying and nurturing the talents of individuals and equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in civil construction aligns with Daracon’s proactive approach towards achieving equality in these areas for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” said Ms Morson.
To learn more about how all Australians can celebrate and contribute to National NAIDOC Week, head to the NAIDOC website.
Story image features Matthew Syron - Cultural Heritage Officer with Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council at project kick-off.