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Indigenous representation

As one of Australia’s largest employer,  we are in a unique position to influence relationships, respect and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.

We believe we can do this by providing opportunities through employment, better education and building relationships with Indigenous businesses. 

To create the best opportunities for employment, Woolworths entered into a contract with the Federal Government as part of the Employment Parity Initiative. This initiative will result in Woolworths adding 2,500 new Indigenous team members to our business. This initiative has strong support from senior executives and is underpinned by targeted recruitment and cultural awareness training, which is being cascaded through the business.

See our latest Sustainability Report for an update on the program.

About the Woolworths Employment Parity Initiative: 

  • Woolworths has begun recruiting for its Employment Parity Initiative, which will see 2,500 additional Indigenous workers join the company. 
  • The agreement forms part of the Federal Government’s Employment Parity Initiative. 
  • At a minimum, employment will be for 15-hour casual contracts for three years, with Federal Government funding paid once the employee reaches the latter of 26 weeks or 500 hours. 
  • The Woolworths-Federal Government contract is valued at $18 million, with Woolworths partnering with Diversity Dimensions who will use the funding to assist with the recruitment, placement and mentoring of Indigenous employees. 
  • As part of this initiative, Woolworths has committed to becoming a parity employer, aiming for 2.8 percent of its Australian workforce to identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the coming years. 
  • Further information about recruitment can be found at 
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