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2022-23 Annual Report: Progress towards First Nations Inclusion

During 2022-23 we focused on shared benefits through a unified process of respectfully engaging with Indigenous people and organisations, partners and the First Nations Advisory Team.

We provided an update on actions to implement our First Nations Inclusion Strategy in our 2022-23 Annual Report.

Guided by our First Nations Inclusion Strategy, we strive to work in a way that is culturally aware, respectful and impactful.

We know we still have a lot to learn, and are working to improve and change our systems and processes over time.

Highlights across the strategy’s four focus areas are noted below.

Leadership and governance

  • Caroline Williams, a Yamatji woman, started as Engagement Manager (First Nations) in January 2023 to provide strategic advice and support.
  • Strengthened arrangements to support FNAT to give advice with new operating procedures, regular Chair updates to the Board, a dedicated travel and engagement budget and expanded membership.
  • FNAT provided advice on various projects at four meetings during 2022–23, with another in October 2023.
  • Worked to develop appropriate classifications for projects, recognising current inclusion opportunities and future expectations.

Impact and translation

  • Commenced process to expand staff cultural awareness through face-to-face and online training as well as recognition of cultural events.
  • Developed culturally appropriate resources about us for partners and community.
  • Delegates heard from the Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation as part of the pilot Cross-regional Knowledge Exchange in early July 2023.
  • Continued to build relationships and share research findings, including with visits to the Pilbara, Kununurra, Darwin and the Latrobe Valley.

Research and capability

We made significant inroads in enhancing First Nations Inclusion across our research portfolio with:

Participatory frameworks

  • Worked to support increased First Nations representation at events, including our own Annual Forums and the AusIMM Life of Mine Conference.
  • First Nations VET pathways project co-designed with Indigenous peoples and organisations.
  • Working with several Pilbara Traditional Owner groups about the potential to support local priorities.

Other highlights

The Annual Report also highlights other activities relating to First Nations people, organisations and initiatives, including:

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