School Infrastructure NSW has launched the First Nations Engagement in School Infrastructure program to increase the involvement of Aboriginal business, people and communities in the maintenance of our schools and educational facilities.
We manage a large maintenance program for more than 2,000 public schools across NSW. To help deliver this important work, we are looking to engage local Aboriginal businesses and local businesses that employ Aboriginal employees, apprentices, and trainees.
About the program
The program will support enhanced economic and employment outcomes by engaging Aboriginal businesses to maintain local schools.
We will work alongside Aboriginal business and our partners to develop skills, build capability, and create opportunities for young people to take up apprenticeships and traineeships.
As part of our new approach, we want to provide employment opportunities that help to stimulate local economic growth and leave a legacy within communities across the state. Our asset portfolio and maintenance needs provide a significant opportunity for local tradespeople and businesses to work within their local schools.
Services and trades we're looking for
We’re looking for a variety of maintenance services and trades including:
Contact an Aboriginal Senior Program Officer who can assist you with:
understanding the types of services we are looking for
how to register your business as an Aboriginal owned business or one who employs Aboriginal people
connecting with businesses who want to employ Aboriginal apprentices or trainees.
Aboriginal Senior Program Officer contacts by region:
- Sydney: Sharmika Blackman
- Western Sydney: Melissa Curry-Jones
- Southwestern Sydney: Michael Vincent
- Southern: Allan Hall
- Northwestern: Adam Hawkes
- Hunter/Central Coast: Laycombe Towney
- North Coast: Will Towney
- Northern Sydney: Wandjan Smith
Our commitment to Reconciliation
On 31 May 2023, the NSW Department of Education launched its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan solidifying its commitment to strengthening relationships with, and employment opportunities for, Aboriginal people, communities and organisations.
The First Nations Engagement in School Infrastructure program will have a localised regional, rural, remote and urban approach to reconciliation. We are committed to procuring local resources and services delivered by Aboriginal people. We are also extending that commitment to offering training and sustainable and local employment pathways for Aboriginal school students.
Contact the program team to learn more: email@example.com
Frequently asked questions
Share with your networks
We’d love for you to share this program with your community, or with businesses you think might be interested in working with School Infrastructure NSW.
Download the First Nations Engagement Flyer (with EOI form), and social media pack below to distribute to your networks.