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work being done by Defence participants.
He visited schools and small businesses in
Indigenous communities in the Cape York
region, including Aurukun, Hope Vale and
“The Jawun program is working with schools
in these regions to close the education gap
by employing a highly structured teaching
style that engages the young kids and
enables them to participate effectively in
mainstream education as they progress,”
“We also visited a number of small
businesses engaged in logging, grounds
maintenance and a banana plantation that
was Indigenous owned and operated and
supported by Jawun participants.
“John Campbell, of the Defence Materiel
Organisation, was working with some
of these companies and assisting them
to develop their work health and safety
“I feel privileged to have been able to visit
Indigenous communities in Cape York and
see the work that Defence people are doing
Steve says their contribution has great
capacity to make meaningful and lasting
improvements to the lives of Indigenous
“The Jawun placements have a residual
value that lasts long after the participants
have left,” he says.
“By working in partnership with communities,
we are able to help build the capacity of the
community to progress its own ideas.”
Defence joined the Jawun program in
2012. It has successfully placed 35 people
on the program, meaning it is the largest
contributing Government agency to the
Placement opportunities are currently only
open to Executive Level 1 and Executive
Level 2 employees within Defence.
Participants can be seconded to work with
Indigenous organisations in remote Cape
York and Kimberley communities, through
to urban communities in Sydney, the Central
Coast and Shepparton, for six weeks.
Glynn says nominees will need to be
“resilient and adaptable and prepared to be
confronted by possible issues or conflict”.
“They should be able to live and work in
an Aboriginal community where living and
working standards may be different to what
they are generally used to,” he says.
Having seen the work that Jawun
participants do, Steve encourages staff to
apply for the program.
“It offers participants the chance to use their
skills in a completely new environment and
context,” he says.
“They gain invaluable experience and
awareness of working with Indigenous
communities, which enhances our
organisation’s cultural understanding.”
Steve Grzeskowiak and the Jawun Cape York Executive visit Djarragun College near Cairns.
Photo: Daniel Linnet, Linnet Foto
THE Jawun Indigenous Community
Placement Program provides
placements for employees of
Australian companies and Government
departments to work with a variety
of Indigenous organisations within
communities across Australia.
Defence commenced participation
in the program in 2012 with six-
week placements in the Kimberley in
Western Australia, North East Arnhem
Land in the Northern Territory, Cape
York in Queensland, the Central Coast
and Sydney in new South Wales,
and Goulburn Murray in Victoria.
Placement opportunities are currently
only open to Executive Level 1 and
Executive Level 2 employees.
To date, Defence has successfully
placed 41 people on the program.
Defence receives more nominations
than it has places to offer on the
program, so the application and
selection process is competitive.
Nomination forms can be downloaded
from the Jawun Program intranet page.
Nomination forms, selection criteria
responses and a current CV should be
submitted to the Jawun Program at
Nominations will only be accepted
once endorsement and written
approval has been obtained through
the nominees’ first-level and second-
Nominations are being accepted for
2015. Defence has committed to
participation on the Jawun Program
until at least 2017.
For information on the Jawun Program
people/sites/diversity and click on
Indigenous Affairs, or visit the Jawun
organisation site at www.jawun.org.au
How to join Jawun
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