Business leaders honoured for closing the gap in Aboriginal employment

Business people from some of South Australia’s leading companies have been honoured today for their efforts in helping to close the Aboriginal employment gap.


During a ceremony at Government House, His Excellency the Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le AO appointed 15 industry stalwarts as inaugural Ambassadors to the Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters Program.


Employment and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kyam Maher said the program has been successful in supporting more than 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into industry specific training, and more than 650 people into sustainable employment since 2011.


“The appointment of these highly influential Ambassadors will help to drive further success for the program through their close connections with industry,” Mr Maher said.


“They will encourage other employers to work with cluster members to identify where there are job opportunities, facilitate skill development and connect Aboriginal job seekers, further education students and graduates to these roles.


“This is an important program led by industry and employers – working together to provide sustainable job opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


“We are fortunate to have the support of these highly respected and influential leaders who are committed to leading the program and advocating for systemic change to increase Aboriginal employment opportunities within our state.


“These Ambassadors are passionate and well-connected to the job sector, with professional influence to act as change agents within their organisations, industries and with their peers.”


The Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters Program Ambassadors are:

  • Kim Cheater, PwC, Partner
  • Andrew Downs, SAGE Automation, Group Managing Director
  • Rev Peter Sandeman, AnglicareSA, Chief Executive Officer
  • David Syme, SA Power Networks, Manager People and Culture
  • Simon Hockridge, Adelaide Venue Management, (Adelaide Convention Centre/ Adelaide Entertainment Centre/ Coopers Stadium) General Manager Human Resources
  • David Cruickshanks-Boyd, Parsons Brinkerhoff, National Director Sustainability
  • Adam Bannister, Minter Ellison, Managing Partner
  • Simon Brewer, Campbelltown City, Council Mayor
  • Erma Ranieri, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
  • Mark Butcher, Minter Ellison/EY, Chairman SA/NT
  • Carol Hampton, City of Marion, Manager Land and Property
  • Lew Owens, SA Water, Chairman
  • Khatija Thomas, Reconciliation SA, Board Member
  • Frank Lampard OAM, Department of State Development, Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement
  • Warren McCann, #PublicSector Solutions Principal


There are nine Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters representing employers from the following sectors: accounting and finance, advanced manufacturing, community services, energy water and resources, hospitality, infrastructure, legal services, local government and the public sector.


The program is a key contributor to the National Indigenous Reform Agreement target to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians by 2018.


It also contributes to the State Government’s Our Jobs Plan and Strategic Priorities.


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Carol Hampton
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David Syme
Erma Ranieri
Frank Lampard OAM
Lew Owens
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Rev Peter Sandeman
Mayor Simon Brewer
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