The Facility Management Association (FMA) has launched its Indigenous engagement webpage.
The webpage is designed for FM procurers and businesses, as well as Indigenous individuals and employers. It provides information on how to locate an Indigenous FM businesses and how to access Indigenous education support program.The page also offers educational resources to help organisation’s how to improve their own Indigenous engagement
Launched in 2018, the Indigenous Engagement Strategy was developed by the FMA’s Diversity Portfolio Group. It sets out a clear path by which the Association aims to address the employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Leanne Cluely and Suellyn Ward, co-chairs of the Diversity Portfolio Group, said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make a valuable contribution to this broadly skilled sector.
“We believe the industry is uniquely placed to build on this success, improving employment outcomes, and bringing sustainable economic and cultural benefits to Indigenous communities throughout Australia.
FMA chair Bryon Price said Indigenous people bring unique skills, perspectives and knowledge to a workplace.
“Improving engagement with our First Nations People enriches an organisation, while also helping to address the systemic disadvantage that has resulted in unacceptable outcomes for Indigenous people across a range of measures.”
National Close the Gap Day is an annual event that seeks to raise awareness about the need to close the gap with respect to life expectancy, child mortality, and educational and employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
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