Our Murri’s in the Mines program has been a huge success in Queensland over the last 2 years. The program has been rolled out across numerous sites with clients including Rio Tinto, BHP, Anglo American and Middlemount South.
The program has provided the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates to obtain entry level positions as Dump Truck Operators. The successful candidates were set up on a formal traineeship completing either a Certificate II or III in Surface Extraction Operations.
Murri’s in the Mines has been funded by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and this allowed us to set up numerous support networks for the employees. Mentors were established from the local Traditional Owner Group. The sole focus of the mentor is to ensure that the support mechanisms for the individual are in place and they have an initial point of contact relative to their local community. The objective is to increase retention levels at the place of employment and enable the trainee to have a trusted contact point who can manage their concerns, whether they be personal or community related, which may affect their concentration and/or potential participation on site.
We connected with local Aboriginal Health services to assist with the physical and mental wellbeing of participants. Services they provide include access to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners, outreach midwives, podiatrists, audiologists, physiotherapists, dieticians and nutritionists, diabetes nurse educators, paediatricians and GPs.
Ambassadors for this program have included NRL legend Scott Prince and current AFLW Brisbane Lions player Ally Anderson. The Ambassadors have supported and enhanced our partnership developments and community relationships.
The success of the Murri’s in the Mines program is reliant on all of these stakeholders combining with our clients to ensure all employees are well supported through their traineeship.