Partnering for success: Contractor's forum
INPEX held its first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contractors’ Forum in mid-July in Garramilla (Darwin). A collaboration between INPEX and its contractors, the forum provided the opportunity for organisations to discuss respective reconciliation efforts across various business focus areas.
Representatives from six onshore contractors - TRACE JV, Altrad, Kaefer, Regional Asset Maintenance, Compass Group, and Cleanaway - joined INPEX teams for open and productive conversations. Enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment in the Northern Territory was a key focus of discussion.
Throughout the forum, participants explored each stage of the employment cycle, sharing successful approaches that have led to positive outcomes, including improved retention of new starters. From attraction and onboarding to development pathways and re-engagement strategies, all companies emphasised the importance of cultural considerations and authenticity in their approach.
Kelvin Costello, INPEX Human Resources Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Coordination Advisor, said the forum generated positive discussions to improve practical and reasonable approaches for engagement.
“The forum was a fantastic opportunity to progress strategies for maximising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and training opportunities at the onshore facilities,” Kelvin said.
The forum proved to be a great success. Participants expressed they felt the opportunity to share reconciliation activities served as an incubator for new ideas to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment in the Territory.
INPEX is pleased to be working together with its contractors to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples engaged through its workforce whilst delivering on Stretch RAP commitments.
Participants of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contractors’ Forum together in Garramilla (Darwin).