BCA 2013 Indigenous Engagement Survey Results and Progress Report

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Patrick Tjungurrayi, a senior Pintupi leader, has had to leave his home community of Kiwirrkurra to live in Alice Springs for dialysis. The Business Council of Australia and Australian Unity are proud partners of Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku, an innovative organisation working to enable Patrick and many others like him to return home by providing dialysis services in the remote communities of Kintore, Yuendumu, Hermannsburg, Warburton and Lajamanu and through their mobile dialysis unit ‘the Purple Truck’.

The Business Council of Australia 2013 Indigenous Engagement Survey Results and Progress Report shows a story of increased effort, learning and success.

Key findings from the 2013 survey include:

  • in the last 12 months, 90 per cent of the companies surveyed have increased their Indigenous workforce, with a total of 3,500 additional Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander employees and trainees recruited this year. This brings the total collective Indigenous workforce of BCA members to between 17,000 and 20,000.
  • companies purchased over $2 billion in contracts, goods and services from Indigenous businesses and joint ventures – 60 per cent of respondents worked with an Indigenous business over the 12 months
  • companies provided more than 100,000 hours of pro bono expertise/advice and/or employee hours to Indigenous groups/organisations, individuals or non-government organisations (NGOs) – again, 60 per cent of survey respondents provided pro bono support
  • companies invested a total of $35 million in scholarships and partnerships with schools or tertiary institutions, school-based traineeships, cadetships and funding for Indigenous education-focused NGOs.

The survey report is available in summary or full version.