The Employment Parity Initiative was launched in March 2015 and aims to increase the number of large Australian companies with a workforce reflective of the size of the Indigenous population – currently 3 per cent.
Large national employers are invited to join the programme with the aim of increasing the level of Indigenous employees within their organisation.
The Employment Parity Initiative will leverage the business expertise, goodwill and networks of companies involved, providing a platform to share experience and knowledge. Employers are also required to incorporate more Indigenous businesses into their supply chains.
Employment Parity Initiative employers:
- Accor Pacific
- Compass Group
- Crown Resorts
- Hutchinson Builders
- ISS Facility Services
- MSS Security
- Sodexo Australia
- Spotless Facility Services
- St Vincent’s Health Australia
- Wilson Security
- Woolworths Limited
The vision for AccorHotels’ Indigenous Programs is to: Empower Accor - in collaboration with community – to create real career pathways for Indigenous Australians and genuine cultural experiences for guests. AccorHotels has been on its Reconciliation Journey since 2001 when it announced its first Indigenous employment strategy. In 2011 AccorHotels launched its first formal Reconciliation Action Plan with the goal of employing more than 300 Indigenous Australians by 2015, raising the presence of the proud Indigenous culture within its hotels and engaging with businesses through supply chain investment.
Broadspectrum delivers a broad range of services that are essential to clients across multiple sectors. The organisation’s approach integrates a focus on optimising performance, integrity and output of the clients’ businesses and assets to deliver business outcomes safely and responsibly, with a diverse, collaborative and caring workforce. Broadspectrum operates in the defence, property, social, infrastructure, resources and industrial sectors, and provide logistics, facilities management, consulting, construction, care, welfare, operations, maintenance, well servicing, and business support services. As one of Australia’s larger employers, Broadspectrum supports the need to eliminate the employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The organisation is a strong supporter of the government’s target to get 20,000 more Indigenous people into private sector jobs by 2020.
Compass Group is one of the largest employers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. The organisation’s commitment to achieving positive, sustainable and capacity building outcomes for Indigenous peoples is core to its business. Compass’ multi-layered Indigenous Engagement Strategy includes direct employment of Indigenous Australians – close to 500 (approximately 4.2% of its current workforce) - as well as the development of relationships with Indigenous businesses, organisations and communities.
Crown is one of Australia’s largest entertainment groups; its core businesses and investments are in the integrated resorts sector. In Australia, Crown owns and operates two of Australia’s leading integrated resorts, Crown Melbourne Entertainment Complex and Crown Perth Entertainment Complex. Crown employs 11,500 people nationally (6,500 in Melbourne and 5,000 in Perth); of these employees, 158 (1.37%) identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. In 2015, Crown launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with a focus on helping Indigenous employees develop the skills required to take on future management roles. Crown is only the 13th company to be awarded the Elevate status by Reconciliation Australia from 600 companies who have RAPs in place.
Hutchinson Builders is one of Australia’s largest, privately owned building and construction companies. Established in 1912, the company now operates across 18 offices nationally from Cairns to Hobart, the Bowen Basin to the Pilbara and Sydney to Perth. In 2015, Chairman Scott Hutchinson joined with Employment Parity Initiative to set an ambitious target to dramatically boost Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment levels in Hutchinson Builders and throughout the Australian community.
ISS Facility Services Group
ISS Facility Services is a publicly listed company on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange with a global turnover of AUD$13.6bn. ISS launched in Australia in 2002, and is now one of the country’s largest facility service providers. Together with its 13,000 Australian employees, ISS is committed to making a difference to the communities in which it operates, this includes the ISS Indigenous Employment Program.
Monadelphous is a leading Australian engineering group who provide construction, maintenance and industrial services to the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors while employing over 6,000 people. Monadelphous is committed to actively building career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees so that they can advance within their organisation. Monadelphous joined the EPI in October 2018 and have committed to employing 200 Indigenous jobseekers.
MSS Security is one of Australia’s leading security personnel companies with more than 6,000 employees and a national infrastructure with offices in the capital cities of all states and territories. MSS Security has furthered its commitment to boosting Indigenous employment by signing to the Australian Government’s Employment Parity Initiative (EPI). Under the EPI, MSS Security has committed to employ more Indigenous employees and place them in sustainable work over the next four years to achieve 6% Indigenous employee participation in its workforce.
Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon in Marseilles, France, Sodexo is now the worldwide leader in Quality of Life Services. Sodexo operates in a range of sectors, including Mining, Oil and Gas, Corporate, Education, Health Care and Retail. In September 2015, Sodexo was proud to join the Employment Parity Initiative, committing to 400 on-going employment placements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Spotless Facility Services
Spotless is an Australian owned, managed, and operated provider of integrated facility management services. Established in Melbourne in 1946, Spotless was just one dry cleaning store back then. Today, the organisation has an amazing team of some 38,000 people covering Australia and New Zealand. Approximately 27,000 of these employees are Australian with 271 individuals identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
St Vincent’s Health Australia
St Vincent’s has been providing health care in Australia for 160 years, ever since the first hospital was established in Sydney in 1857 by the Sisters of Charity. When the first five Sisters arrived in Australia in 1838 they carried with them the vision of their Founder, Mary Aikenhead to reach out to all in need of care, especially in the service of the poor. St Vincent’s Health Australia is the nation’s largest Catholic not-for-profit health and aged care provider. The organisation is a clinical, research and education leader working in private hospitals, public hospitals and aged care services in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The organisation’s facilities comprise six public hospitals, eight private hospitals and 13 aged care facilities, and four co-located research institutes. SVHA operates more than 2,500 hospital beds and provide 1,100 aged care places throughout New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Currently SVHA has over 17,000 staff of which 50 are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Wilson Security is Australia's largest security provider and currently employs more than 6000 people to deliver security solutions to large corporate blue chip companies and a number of government departments. Wilson Security has a fully endorsed RAP and is working with traditional owner groups in remote areas to identify opportunities for Indigenous people within current and new contracts. Wilson commits to increasing their Indigenous employment numbers over three years by 300 new Indigenous employees.
Woolworths Limited is Australia’s second largest employer. They currently employ 197,426 staff, of which 1,953 (1%) identify as Indigenous. Woolworths Limited has a reconciliation plan in place and is working on the next iteration with Reconciliation Australia. Woolworths Limited is proposing to employ and retain 1,600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by the end of June 2019. This will take them to 3,553 (1.8%) Indigenous employees and well on their intended path to achieving parity.