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At Fortescue, we believe in the power of economic opportunity and are driven to deliver generational change for Aboriginal people, particularly those who live in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.  

We are a company that has never shied away from the big issues and continue to evolve best practice Aboriginal training, employment programs and development programs to create opportunities for Aboriginal people and ensure a sustainable Pilbara workforce.  

Find out more about Fortescue's approach to creating opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Supporting Aboriginal Business

Strong, sustainable businesses create more employment and development opportunities for Aboriginal Australians. Fortescue works closely with our stakeholders to build capability and skills in businesses owned wholly or partially by Aboriginal people. 

Our Billion Opportunities program commenced in 2011 as an initiative to generate business opportunities for Aboriginal people. It forms a critical element of our approach to ensuring economic opportunity and participation is the key benefit to flow from Native Title agreements. 

Since its inception, the program has awarded 244 contracts and sub-contracts valued close to A$2 billion to 105 Aboriginal-owned businesses and joint ventures. The program has a particular focus on Traditional Owner involvement. 

Billion Ops Graph
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Aboriginal Workforce FY17

15.8 %

FY16 - 14%

Employment Opportunities

Fortescue has a proud history of championing Aboriginal employment in its workforce and providing job opportunities to Aboriginal people. 

A range of development and support initiatives are available to assist Aboriginal people in transitioning from education and gaining employment with Fortescue. 

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Employment Opportunities

Vocational Training and Employment Centres
Five Star

Career Development and Support

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Fundamental to the provision of meaningful employment is the ongoing development of our Aboriginal workforce through training and professional development and a workplace culture that understands and champions Aboriginal employment. 

We have a range of programs actively working to build a culture among the entire workforce which is openly supportive.

Career Development and Support

Fortescue’s Trade Up
Leadership and Excellence in Aboriginal People
Personal and Family Support
171010 Creating Opportunities - VTEC 10 Year Anniversary

VTEC has been at the heart of our approach to Aboriginal engagement for a decade, as we work to ensure communities benefit from the growth and development of our business.

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