Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connections

Northcott acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we work. We pay our respects to their Elders - past, present and emerging - and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We also pay tribute to their ongoing connection to land, waters and community. 

In everything that we do we strive to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to discover, unlock and unleash their potential.

We recognise the challenges faced by those in the community with disability and are committed to supporting people to overcome these challenges so they remain connected to their communities and broader society.

We aim to achieve this goal through working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in a respectful, committed and professional manner.

Our Partnerships

All of our services are accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families and carers.

We work closely with and partner with numerous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities across our regions to collaborate and organise specific cultural events. We also run a number of programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in metropolitan and regional NSW. We currently run a Yarning Circle in South West Sydney for Aboriginal carers, another Aboriginal Carers Group in South Sydney, along with a capacity building Aboriginal Therapy Project in Kempsey.

These services were developed and implemented in partnership with key Aboriginal organisations, Elders and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Some of our key stakeholders include:

  • Dalaigur Preschool Kempsey
  • Jarjum College Redfern
  • Bunjum Aboriginal Corporation Ballina
  • Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation Campbelltown
  • Aboriginal Employment Strategy
  • Aboriginal Disability Network NSW
  • Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services
  • Local Elders Groups
  • Muru Mitiga

Work With Us

The arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) means more jobs for more people so we can deliver more services to people with disability. We want to employ more and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offer support such as:

  • Access to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff network group
  • One day paid leave each year in support of NAIDOC Week celebrations
  • Encouragement for all staff to participate in Sorry Week and National Reconciliation Week events
  • Career development pathways with opportunities to advance your career
  • Forums to give feedback and get involved in implementing our Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Cultural guidance and support

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Northcott’s Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (Stretch RAP 2020-2023) was released in 2020 and is linked to Northcott’s 2019 – 2021 Strategic Plan. The plan is an official commitment with Reconciliation Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.

The RAP includes meaningful, measurable community engagement and employment strategies that will be implemented across all our sites to move us forward as an organisation committed to achieving reconciliation.

A key target contained in our RAP focuses on developing at least five relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, with a view to increasing supplier diversity and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic development in regional and remote parts of Australia.

To download our Stretch RAP 2020-2023, click here.

Call or email us

For more information about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connections please contact our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs Advisor Kathy McKenzie on 02 9890 0505 or by emailing kathy.mckenzie@northcott.com.au

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