A company limited by guarantee with NSWALC as its sole member, Yilabara Solutions' mission is to increase the number of Aboriginal people achieving economic independence through improved access to training and jobs in growth industries.
Yilabara Solutions’ initial focus was delivering Commonwealth funded VTEC services in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW. This has now expanded to include the delivery of two significant programs in regional NSW:
- Barranggirra - a mentoring program for Aboriginal apprentices and trainees in Western NSW extending from Orange to Broken Hill and including all towns in between
- More Jobs More Care – a pre-employment program designed to increase the disability workforce with Yilabara Solutions focussing on Aboriginal job seekers in the Hunter New England and Mid North Coast regions
Yilabara Solutions' programs are delivered by an all-Aboriginal team of mentors who support Aboriginal job seekers to successfully enter and stay in the workforce. Mentors work closely with job seekers to overcome barriers to employment and provide a personalised service to build the skills and resilience necessary to achieve successful employment.
Our team works with service providers to support job seekers to build vocational and non-vocational capabilities.
It also works closely with employers of all sizes across diverse industries to broker suitable jobs and create culturally safe workplaces for Indigenous employees.
More information on Yilabara Solutions can be found by visiting its website.
In keeping with our current Strategic Plan, the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council established a new subsidiary, NSWALC Employment and Training Ltd (NET) in 2019. Now trading as Yilabara Solutions, the company is a not-for-profit Aboriginal organisation specialising in improving economic independence for Aboriginal people and their communities through access to training and sustainable employment. Yilabara Solutions delivers a range of employment and training services and support businesses to meet their corporate social responsibility objectives.
A company limited by guarantee with NSWALC as its sole member, NET’s mission was to increase the number of Aboriginal people achieving economic independence through improved access to training and jobs in growth industries. Its initial focus is on delivering Commonwealth funded VTEC services in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW.
VTEC is delivered by an all Aboriginal team of mentors to connect Indigenous job seekers to a guaranteed job. Mentors work closely with job seekers to overcome barriers to employment and provide a personalised service to build resilience and achieve successful employment. The team works with service providers to support job seekers to build vocational and non-vocational capabilities. It also works closely with employers of all sizes across diverse industries to broker suitable jobs and create culturally safe workplaces for Indigenous employees.
NET plans to develop a suite of service packages, and enter into regional and local partnerships with businesses and training organisations designed to support Aboriginal people to secure and stay in employment.
More information on NET can be found by visiting its website.
Board Of Directors
NSWALC Employment and Training Ltd’s Board of Directors is appointed by NSWALC Council. The current Board of Directors commenced on 3 February 2020.
Glenn Johnston, Chair, is a proud Darug man from Western Sydney.
Glenn has more than 30 years of commercial, procurement and logistics leadership experience in both private and public sector and is a nationally recognised, passionate advocate for Aboriginal business development and employment.
He is a Director and Deputy Chair at Supply Nation and a Director of the AIATSIS Foundation Board.
Currently employed by Transport for NSW as the Director, Procurement Sustainability with a focus on the positive social, economic and environmental impacts that procurement can deliver.
Professor Mark McMillan, Deputy Chair, is a Wiradjuri man from Trangie, NSW.
He is a Professor and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Education and Engagement) and Chair of RMIT Academic Board at RMIT University.
In 2013 Mark was awarded the National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year award.
Mark has received his Bachelor of Laws from The Australian National University, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from The Australian National University, a Master of Laws and a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Arizona, a Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership from the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and a Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Heritage, Language and Culture from Charles Sturt University.
In 2001 Mark was admitted to the Roll of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory as a Legal Practitioner.
His research interests are in the areas of human rights, particularly the expression and fulfilment of those rights for Indigenous Australians.
He is currently working on an ARC grant relating to ‘conduct of lawful relations’ from contact to Treaty. He intends on expanding his research outcomes to include the application of ‘constitutionalism’ for Indigenous Australians, with an emphasis on the use of current constitutional law for the protections envisioned for Indigenous people in the constitutional referendum of 1967.
Cecilia Anthony is the daughter and granddaughter of migrants from Sydney, NSW.
Cecilia is a strategy and engagement expert with specialist knowledge working with and for diverse communities across a range of policy areas, including education and employment. She is the Director of Cultural Perspectives, a consultancy focussed on work with Australia’s multicultural communities. At the core of her work ethic is the belief that all communities have a right to self-determination and to have their voices heard.
She is the elected co-chair of Reconciliation NSW, and a board member of the Evatt Foundation.
Cecilia has been involved in Aboriginal policy, advocacy and affairs for 20 years to support equity and advancement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in NSW and nationally. She has worked in the area of Aboriginal employment as a senior public servant, ministerial advisor and as a freelance consultant.
Karen Cooper hails from St George in South West Queensland, part of the Kamilaroi nation.
Karen has been involved in establishing education, employment and training services in Aboriginal and remote communities for over 25 years. Her professional background has assisted communities develop infrastructure and sustainability.
Karen has held senior roles leading the delivery of programs and services to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations. She has engaged with all levels of government whilst working for public listed companies and the not-for-profit sector.
Karen, through her private consulting business, currently works with Boards and Senior Executive Leaders in developing and executing strategy, establishing governance frameworks and managing organisation risk.
Amanda McCarthy is a proud Mithaka woman based in Bathurst New South Wales, Australia.
Amanda has been involved with employment, training and development for over 10 years, using her background in human resources to drive Aboriginal Employment in both the private and public sector.
She is the Director Aboriginal People and Culture with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Chairperson of the DPIE Aboriginal Support Network.
Ms McCarthy is an elected board member of NSW Aboriginal Land Council Employment and Training Ltd.
Kate Russell is a proud Aboriginal woman from Lake Macquarie.
Kate has been involved in employment and education programs across the public, private and non-profit sectors both in Australia and overseas.
She is a member of Biraban LALC, a Director for the Diversity Council Australia and the Director - Diversity and Culture for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Through her personal and professional experience, she has seen that educational and employment pathways are key to economic empowerment. She has strong HR generalist skills, good governance, experience across multiple levels of government, and a thorough understanding of the VET sector.
There are currently no job opportunities available within NSWALC Employment and Training Ltd or NSWALC Housing Ltd.