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25th - 26th, August 2021
Virtual / Streaming

Facilitate recruitment, retention and engagement of Indigenous talent in your organisation


- Explore exclusion to inclusion in Australia
- Recruitment strategies and pre-employment training
- Developing career pathways and supportive training
- Tools and strategies to create a culturally safe workplace
- Normalising diversity & inclusion into your organisation’s DNA


Christine Coyne

Christine has developed and managed a range of Indigenous participation and employment projects for some of the nation’s biggest and most successful companies over a diverse and dynamic 36 year career in Indigenous employment, education and training. In 2013, Christine established her own consulting firm and works with a range of large to medium private sector companies, as well as working across government at all levels in the delivery of her services.  Whilst still managing her own consulting business, Christine has recently established an engineering company – Red Rock Services and is the Company Director, major shareholder and Business Development and Aboriginal Engagement Manager.


Christine is a Noongar woman originating from Gnowangerup in WA. She has worked extensively with Aboriginal people throughout the country; this includes Aboriginal people who are city based as well as those from remote and regional locations. She has an extensive knowledge of the differences that apply between contemporary and traditional Aboriginal communities and groups.


Christine’s expertise, experience and skills are unique within the construction industry. Throughout her employment history she has developed extensive networks within industry and government. Christine has previously held senior roles with CCIWA, Compass Group and FWW – EPCM – Woodside Pluto Construction Project

Aboriginal Affairs Consultant
Christine Coyne & Associates


Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
Indigenous Engagement & Career Advancement Workshop

25 Aug - 26 Aug


Creating a culturally safe workplace – What is it and how?

- Accentuating and accelerating natural leadership strengths

- Move from understanding to execution, from ‘what’ to ‘how’

- Code-switching to improve cross-cultural communication

Starting the conversation: Exploring exclusion to inclusion in Australia

- How does your role fit into your business and into the larger discourse?

- Understanding why Australia is targeting Indigenous inclusion through employment and procurement


- Familiarity with RAP, strategy and Indigenous Procurement Policy - Commonwealth, State and Local

Explore the maturity of your organisation’s Indigenous engagement program

- Understand your organisation’s business imperative and how it is working to meet requirements

- Treating targets as a starting point for the conversation (including targets informed by the IPP)

- Normalising diversity and inclusion into your organisation’s DN

Recruitment strategies and pre-employment training

- Identify and access the right talent pool for your organisation

- Indigenous media, online and other platforms for engagement

- Choosing culturally appropriate interview and induction environments and processes

Retention and development of Indigenous talent

- Developing culturally appropriate mentoring frameworks

- Secondment opportunities that are effective and yield positive long-term results

- Using technology to support engagement initiatives (delivering training to remote areas)

  • Christine Coyne Aboriginal Affairs Consultant Christine Coyne & Associates


Tackling unconscious bias and racism with Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

- Understanding inclusion biases, enablers and blockers

- Identify and develop strategies to handle potential blockers

- Gain buy-in at all organisational levels (including senior executives)

Understanding the impacts of culture on communication, teamwork and business

- Developing executive presence and establishing leadership pathways

- Applying cultural knowledge to improve inclusion and building cultural capital

- Promoting knowledge transfer cross-culturally to accelerate productivity

COVID considerations on community engagement

- Understanding the diversity of Indigenous communities - rural, remote, urban

- Exploring community profiling and Indigenous governance structures

- Engaging business and economic outcomes of impacts of the pandemic

Interactive Discussion: Harness the Strengths of the Individual - The value of Pathway Programs

- Ensure the successful implementation of plans and pathways

- Aim to achieve equal completion rates through engagement

- Build robust, respectful and collaborative partnerships with the individual

How do we know when we get there? Going beyond tokenism

- Explore different metrics and measures to track performance

- Learn how to communicate successes to your business and its leaders

- Reflection on core themes and ideas addressed over the two days

- Practical takeaways and action plans to take back to your workplace and thrive in the new normal

  • Christine Coyne Aboriginal Affairs Consultant Christine Coyne & Associates


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