Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships
Westpac Group is proud to have been a partner in the creation of Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships in 2001.
Founded in Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, under the leadership of Noel Pearson, Jawun allows corporate employees to share their professional skills with Indigenous organisations in 6-12 week placements in either an urban, regional or remote Indigenous community.
Over 900 Westpac Group employees have taken part in Jawun secondments and success is shared both ways. The Indigenous organisations benefit from the professional skills provided by the corporate secondees, while our employees benefit from an immersive experience that builds their leadership and understanding of Indigenous cultures and ways of doing business.
Westpac Group secondees work with Indigenous organisations in seven regions across the country:
- Cape York (Queensland)
- Central Coast (NSW)
- Far West Coast (South Australia)
- Goulburn Murray (Victoria)
- Inner Sydney
- Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong (South Australia)
- Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) lands of Central Australia
As part of Westpac Group’s Reconciliation Action Plan, we have committed to supporting the ongoing participation of employees in Jawun secondments into the future.
"The word Jawun comes from the language of the Kuku Yalanji rainforest people of Far North Queensland. Jawun means ‘family or friend’.” This honour was bestowed on Jawun by deceased Senior Kuku Yalanji Elder, Mr Harrigan.