At INPEX, we strive to deliver positive outcomes for all the communities we work alongside.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, that means demonstrating our respect and commitment to Traditional Owners, and their communities, who hold deep connections to the lands and waters where we operate.

INPEX’s most recent Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2019 to 2022 offers all of us at INPEX, a deeper understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ histories and cultures throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

We enrich our workplace through cultural awareness training and we celebrate significant events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in recognition of the diversity we share.

Already, between 2016-2018 INPEX and the Ichthys LNG Joint Venture have provided more than AUD$ 925,000 to projects and programs including the University of Western Australia’s Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander scholarships, the Larrakia Development Corporation’s school participation program and scholarships, Role Models & Leaders Australia’s Girls Academies and the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre.

INPEX is helping to create lifelong opportunities through focus areas of education, employment, training, environment, arts, culture and heritage to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in building strong and resilient future generations.

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Larrakia Ichthys LNG Foundation Trust

Education and aged care will be the first targets of an AUD$ 24 million landmark agreement between the Ichthys Joint Venture and the Larrakia people in Darwin.

The INPEX Larrakia Advisory Committee has identified the young and the elderly, including people with disabilities, as initial beneficiaries to share in long-term community benefits from Ichthys LNG’s operations.

The AUD$ 24 million commitment – known as the Larrakia Ichthys LNG Foundation Trust –has become part of INPEX’s Reconciliation Action Plan to serve the community over the next 40 years.

President Director of Inpex Australia, Hitoshi Okawa, says the agreement demonstrates a respect for Larrakia people as the Traditional Owners of the land and waters around Darwin.

The initiative will supplement a sustained jobs and training program creating employment for Larrakia people in the Ichthys LNG operations.

Larrakia Elder Bill Risk advises the Trust focuses on a range of opportunities for Larrakia people.

“INPEX’s commitment to providing scholarships through a number of tertiary Institutions to the broader community is ensuring good educational outcomes for future generations of Larrakia people,” Mr Risk says.

INPEX was the first company in the Northern Territory to engage Larrakia monitors, who participated in any ground disturbing activities on traditional lands during the onshore construction of Ichthys LNG.

More than 1,450 jobs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples were created during Ichthys LNG’s construction. At the same time, 62 Aboriginal-owned businesses delivered construction projects worth an estimated AUD$ 170 million.

Larrakia employees will continue to play a key role at Ichthys LNG.

Existing programs currently provide scholarships for Larrakia tertiary students to undertake studies at any university in Australia. The program also funds primary and secondary Larrakia school students.

The Larrakia Ichthys LNG Foundation Trust is the first such initiative in Australia signed – outside of Native Title legislation –between Traditional Owners and an operating production company. 

Broome Girls Academy

Overcoming obstacles and working hard to achieve your goals is an INPEX hallmark. These qualities are reflected strongly at the Broome Girls Academy which INPEX proudly sponsors, along with the Palmerston Girls Academy in Darwin.

The Broome Girls Academy was established at Broome Senior High School a decade ago by Role Models and Leaders Australia and provides in-school support for around 120 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls from across Western Australia’s vast Kimberley region.

The Academy’s aims include:

  • Increasing school attendance
  • Advancing academic and personal achievement
  • Improving Year 12 graduation rates, and
  • Facilitating post-school transition planning.

With support from INPEX, the Broome Girls Academy offers community-led programs to enhance job capabilities and opportunities, personal confidence, community leadership skills, health and wellbeing, and importantly, help to maintain students' cultural connections.

Other features include traditional cook-ups, culturally focused programs drawing on the wisdom and participation of Elders and community groups, sporting competitions, art and study sessions, career development through work experience opportunities and career expos. 

INPEX proudly supports this valuable program, and we applaud the efforts of the Academy in providing girls with opportunities to achieve better outcomes for their future. The successes can be seen by increased retention and employment rates for young women in surrounding communities.

The Broome Girls Academy was established by Role Models and Leaders Australia with support from the Department of Education, Employment and Work Relations (DEEWR) Sporting Chance Program, Kimberley Development Commission, Channel 7 Telethon, Foodbank, Broome Senior High School and the community.

INPEX scholarship winners

Three university students, with ambitions to make a real difference to the world, are on their way to their chosen careers – with help from INPEX and the University of Western Australia.

The students are recipients of a scholarship program established by INPEX in 2015 to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples through tertiary education.

The impressive trio is aiming to practice law, improve international relations and provide psychological support for high school students.

Anika Gosling is a graduate of Ashdale Secondary College in suburban Perth. She is studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology (double major) and aiming for a career as a school psychologist. When she fulfils her ambition, Anika will be one of the few Aboriginal psychologists working in Western Australian schools.

Former Wesley College student Jack Collard is studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international relations. He is planning to learn as many languages as possible and is already fluent in Bahasa Indonesian. His dream is to study at the University of Gadjan Mada in Indonesia for a semester.

Ashley Maloney, a former student of John Curtin College of the Arts in Fremantle, is also studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international relations. She is keen to pursue a law degree. In 2017, Ashley won the Rob Riley Memorial Prize which is awarded to WA’s highest achieving Aboriginal student with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 97.4. In addition to achieving impressive academic scores, Ashley is also an accomplished artist. 

Solid Pathways to success

A comprehensive development program set up by INPEX Australia will help Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates develop a career in the oil and gas industry.

‘Solid Pathways’– a program of on-the-job and external training– builds the skill levels of participants for a range of employment opportunities in Darwin, Perth and offshore Broome.

Solid Pathways roles cover a broad range of expertise relating to our diverse operations and has become part of INPEX's Reconciliation Action Plan.

“We’re providing opportunities to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates as part of a broader commitment to the Traditional Owners of the land and waters on which we operate,” Manager Aboriginal Affairs Irene Stainton says.

“It’s also a recognition that many Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples start their working lives at a comparative disadvantage to the rest of the community.

“We’ve found supporting early training can really make a difference and help to deliver excellent results for the participants and the workforce over the long-term.

“In this case, we’re looking to give our employees opportunities to participate in a long-term and rewarding career with INPEX for up to 40 years.”  

By the end of 2021, we anticipate 20 new employees will have commenced under the Solid Pathways program. Each participant is offered a personally customised training program developed by our learning and development team and is supported by their line manager and Aboriginal Affairs team. The participants have access to male or female Aboriginal mentors to support their integration and engagement in INPEX.

 

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