Leading the way in indigenous relations

by Newcrest

(Business)

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Building on 30 years of engagement, Newcrest is partnering with the Martu people to drive improved socio-economic outcomes in the East Pilbara.

Project implemented: Ongoing

Project goal

The project aims to provide employment opportunities for Martu people in a remote part of the Pilbara.

delivering on

why is this project important?

The power of a job can be transformational through the provision of not only greater financial independence, but also skills and training that can open up future opportunities. Employment also contributes significantly to people’s health, wellbeing and social outcomes.

Key steps to make it happen

1Company policy commitment

The International Employee Policy stipulates that each site must strive to give preferential employment to local community

2Local solutions

A pool of drivers who collectively travel over 500,000 kms per year to transport Martu employees to and from the remote site

3Additional assistance

Newcrest provides Martu community members collectively with up to $75,000 per year to cover additional logistical costs

4Tailored training program

Telfer’s Indigenous training program, developed with the Martu people, provides flexibility, mentoring and other support.

5Preferential tendering

Through the ILUA, Newcrest selects Martu-owned contracting companies & companies offering training/employment to Martu people

impact to date

500 employed
500 Martu people over employed over the past 15 years with 90 currently employed
$75,000 assistance
Martu employees offered up to $75,000 per year in logistical support

The partnership between Newcrest and the Martu people has supported employment of more than 500 people from remote communities at the mine over 15 years. Employees gain transferable skills that can be used for other roles.

Newcrest’s relationship with the local Martu people at its Telfer mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region demonstrates an intergenerational and multi-pronged approach to Indigenous inclusion and employment. This was formalised in an AU$18 million, five-year Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) in 2015 to further support Indigenous training, employment and business development.

Newcrest has employed more than 500 Martu men and women over the past 15 years, with 90 Indigenous people currently employed at Telfer. Telfer is working with the Martu people to increase local participation.

In addition to employment, Newcrest and Martu are working together to develop new business opportunities and support long-term community development.

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