Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connections

Northcott acknowledges the traditional owners of this country and pays its respects to their enduring culture and ongoing connections to land, waters and communities. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and future, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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 run a number of programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in metropolitan and regional NSW. We currently run an Aboriginal Intensive Family Support in Moree, a Yarning Circle in South West Sydney for Aboriginal carers and a supported playgroup in Cranebrook.

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:

  • Jarjum College Redfern
  • Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation
  • 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
  • One day of cultural leave each year in support of NAIDOC Week
  • Encouragement to participate in Sorry Week and National Reconciliation Week
  • Forums to give feedback and get involved in implementing our Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

In 2013 we launched our first RAP which aimed to build respectful and trustful relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community by improving our services and increasing employment opportunities.

During 2016 National Reconciliation Week celebrations, our Chief Executive Officer launched our second RAP, which is also known asĀ a Stretch RAP. The Stretch RAP builds on the achievements delivered in our first RAP.

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.

For more information about our Stretch RAP 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 Debbie Frail on 02 9890 0502 or by emailing debbie.frail@northcott.com.au

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