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establish meaningful relationships with Indigenous

leaders and Indigenous partner organisations.

These interactions serve to enhance relations with

stakeholder groups such as







QBE sees multiple outcomes from the secondment

program. Victoria Doherty, Head of Programs, said:

‘Through the immersion opportunity Jawun offers,

our people not only gain further appreciation

and connection with Indigenous communities

but also build cultural awareness in dealing with

various stakeholders and situations. As one of the

largest insurers of Indigenous communities and

organisations across Australia, this has helped us to

foster deeper relationships with our customers, and

create stronger links in the communities we serve.’

Warren King, former Chief Executive of the

Defence Materiel Organisation, sees the Jawun

program connecting Defence to more Indigenous

communities across Australia:

Defence has had a strong presence in places like

the Northern Territory for many years, but what

we’re seeing now through Jawun is Defence staff

engaging with communities in different ways

and where we may have had less exposure.

And by breaking down barriers we’re able to

bring those communities into Defence through

commercial pathways like the Commonwealth

procurement provisions.

For NAB, the opportunity to send secondee Steph

Stokes to Beagle Bay in the West Kimberley, gave

the bank positive recognition in the community.

Tina Bain said:

NAB has received tremendous value from giving

Steph the opportunity to do a secondment in

Beagle Bay. Steph was an amazing ambassador

for NAB, educating the Indigenous communities

about what our organisation does and how we

can work together to add value to their lives.

Corporate organisations find their partnership with

Jawun plays a role in consolidating and deepening

relationships with


. The Jawun program

not only demonstrates to clients the firm’s values

around commitment to community, it can create

points of connection on Indigenous affairs. Trish

Clancy from BCG now serves on the Wunan board.

She explained: ‘It’s a great topic of connection—

commercially and more broadly. I’ve noted

Indigenous affairs is relatively high on people’s

agendas and it’s something I can speak about

at length and with credibility.’

Tracey Benson reflected on the very practical way

secondments provide insight into communities

the Department of Industry and Science serves:

‘We’re trying to engage people in the community,

and the Jawun program gives us insight on

some of those people. That’s been really useful

because we’ve found people aren’t doing things

the way we thought they were. For example, with

telecommunications technology, quite often in

remote communities the community would have

a shared wi-fi instead of individual ownership of

things, and that’s important to consider when

you’re thinking about building tools or products

for people.’

Glen Brennan, Head of Indigenous Finance &

Development at NAB, said the Jawun program

brings value to the business in the way it delivers

services to Indigenous Australians.

Returning secondees bring back both an

improved understanding of the complexity of

Indigenous culture and also an enormous belief

in the potential of Indigenous Australians. This

improves NAB’s ability to engage more effectively

to deliver our Indigenous programs and services.

The simple truth is that Jawun’s alumni are

better able to understand Indigenous issues and

meaningfully contribute to potential solutions.

Corporate partners acknowledge their reputation

and credibility among



is boosted through the Jawun connection. Trish

Clancy often deals with government and social

sectors in her role as Principal at BCG. She

explained: ‘My secondment and board position

have enriched my views on lots of the issues

I deal with from a work perspective and give me

credibility with the public service in Canberra

when I talk on these issues. When I refer to

my experience living in Halls Creek in the East

Kimberley, people respect the perspective

that brings.’

Catherine Hunter talked about the impact of

KPMG’s nine-year partnership with Jawun on

its interactions with government: ‘It has built a

reputation and recognition for us with government,

in terms of the work we do, because it

demonstrates that we are truly committed,

given the significance of our investment over

a period of time.’