IBA Update
In late June this year the NSWMC and the NSW Government signed an extension to the Industry Based Agreement for Aboriginal Employment and Enterprise Development. Originally signed in 2013, the 'IBA' as it is known, has been extended indefinitely pending continued success of the Agreement.
Under the IBA we have agreed to work collaboratively with government and Aboriginal business and community groups to in pursuit of aspirational goals relating to delivery of school based programs to encourage Aboriginal school leavers into vocational and work readiness pathways, increasing Aboriginal employment in the sector, and supporting Aboriginal businesses to engage with the mining supply chain.
The agreement established a Steering Committee which provides advice and guidance to NSW Minerals Council and Aboriginal Affairs on implementation of the Agreement. The Steering Committee consists is chaired by NSW Minerals Council and includes representatives from NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Aboriginal Affairs, NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and 5 member companies. The Steering Committee meets quarterly to review progress against the annual work plan.  The next meeting of the Steering Committee is scheduled for 15 December in Tamworth. Click here for more information about the activities of the Steering Committee and the IBA generally. 
Progress on Action Plan
The IBA requires preparation of an annual Action Plan (insert link to Action Plan). The current Action Plan includes:
  • Increase NSW mining industry capacity to support Aboriginal employment and Aboriginal enterprise; 
  • Increase support for education and training activities, and strengthen links with existing programs and vocational organisations;
  • Increase the number of Aboriginal people employed (directly or indirectly) in the NSW mining industry;
  • Increase the number of Aboriginal companies providing goods and services to the NSW mining industry.
MoU with NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce
In order to deliver key components of the annual Action Plan the NSW Minerals Council has signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW ICC. The NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce is the Peak Representative Body for Indigenous businesses across NSW, providing a Corporate forum to Chamber members where they can access a wealth of knowledge and opportunities. NSWICCs' promotes networking opportunities, skills development and training. 
The NSW ICC brings to the partnership with NSW Minerals Council an extensive network of Aboriginal businesses and contacts at local, state and national level and can facilitate introductions for NSW Minerals Council members to indigenous businesses across NSW. The NSW ICC can also assist member companies with advice on Aboriginal Employment schemes and supplier diversity programs. For more information on the Chamber visit their website.  
For more information on the Chamber's services contact Ms Debbie Barwick on debbie.barwick@nswicc.com.au 
Upcoming Events
Growing Indigenous Economic Participation - promoting Indigenous procurement to support business and employment
6 April 2016, Wests Leagues Club, Newcastle
The NSW Minerals Council has partnered with the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce to deliver a 1 day conference focusing on implementing Aboriginal employment strategies and supplier diversity programs. Featuring a keynote address by renowned Aboriginal academic and businesswoman Professor Marcia Langton, the conference will include case studies, presentations on topical issues, workshop components and networking opportunities. The conference will be held in Newcastle. More information will be published shortly, but in the meantime save 6 April 2016 in your diary now.

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