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The growing numbers of people working with

Indigenous organisations and leaders through

Jawun are supporting the development and

long term sustainability of those organisations

and the communities they serve. Many of the

people working quietly behind the scenes with

Indigenous people and communities have been

inspired to do so by their Jawun secondment

experience. Jawun has brought together

Indigenous leaders, business leaders and senior

bureaucrats in ways that have enabled them to

forge strong relationships. These groups have real

influence and are collaborating to drive positive

recognition, empowerment and change for

Indigenous people and their communities.

Kate Chaney, Sustainability Manager at Wesfarmers,

participated in a Jawun secondment to Cape York

while she was working for BCG. Kate described the

experience as ‘one of the most rewarding things’

she had ever done, and years later it prompted

her ‘to think in broad terms about how I could

get involved in Indigenous affairs’. Kate went

on to become Manager of Aboriginal Affairs at

Inner Sydney Executive Visit group at The Block in Redfern, 2012.

Photo: Ceri Foster of ArtOf2

Wesfarmers, where she developed a Reconciliation

Action Plan and worked with the divisions on

Indigenous employment strategies. Through that

process, Wesfarmers became a Jawun partner

and has since sent close to 100 secondees to

Indigenous organisations. Kate’s example highlights

the value of her secondment in spurring her to

further engagement with Indigenous Australia;

she also reflected on the power of Executive

Visits in maintaining that engagement at an

organisational level: ‘Most of the Wesfarmers board

and many senior managers have been on Jawun’s

Executive Visits, which has informed the way

Wesfarmers understands its role in relation

to Indigenous disadvantage.’

As General Manager of Marketing at Westpac in

2001, Peter Hanlon was already in a senior role

when he participated in a Jawun secondment to

Cape York. He reflected: ‘The impact it had on me

was that it reignited my desire to use my position

to help people and issues in Australia, but also

enabled me to be that strong and experienced

voice within Westpac.’