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Indigenous Engagement

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters throughout Australia and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Wilson Security stands firm in our commitment in helping to close the gap between Indigenous Australians and other Australians in employment, education and economic participation.

We welcome people from diverse backgrounds and are committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples through employment, training and career opportunities.

And we won’t rest; we will continue to improve our engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and will also raise cultural sensitivity and awareness within our workforce.

Together, we are learning about our shared history, building opportunities for the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and, as a Supply Nation member, creating opportunities for increased economic support through the procurement of Indigenous products and services.

To download our inaugural Sustainability Report 2023/24 click here.

Reconciliation Action Plan

In 2017, we established our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), endorsed by Reconciliation Australia at the Innovate level, and in 2018 we were successfully included in the Prime Minister and Cabinet's Employment Parity Initiative (EPI).

We made some great strides in our first RAP, developing 13 Memorandum of Understanding’s with various Traditional Owner groups about Wilson and communities can work together to keep communities safe, spending in excess of $4M AUD with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and employing more than 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

As a key pillar of the RAP framework, we focussed on respect in our RAP. We designed an online cultural awareness module in our first RAP; to date, 86% of our staff have completed the module.

The development of our second RAP sees the Wilson Group reaffirm our commitment to reconciliation with a renewed focus from all our operating companies based in Australia.

In this iteration of our RAP, we want to focus on the following objectives:

  • Creating a safe and inclusive environment in our workplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to thrive.
  • Increase the cultural competency of our staff through continuous training.
  • Continue growing trust with communities we work in and develop sustainable relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Continue to offer economic opportunities through employment or business.

Indigenous Employment Awards

We are so proud to have been recognised for our work with Indigenous communities by being awarded the Indigenous Employment award for three years in a row at the Australian Security Industry Association (ASIAL) Awards. Additionally, we were proud finalists in the 2023 Indigenous Employment Awards.

This recognition underscores our commitment to fostering inclusive employment opportunities and building strong connections within Indigenous communities.

Making Tracks Program

We have developed a specialised training package and career pathways program that funds the training and licensing for Indigenous candidates to become Security Officers with Wilson Security.

Making Tracks participants are financially supported to complete a Certificate II in Security Operations, to obtain their security licence and to access public transport and meals. 

If you want to join our next Making Tracks program in your state or territory, email our Indigenous Engagement Team now!

Making Tracks
Making Tracks - Felishia Stone Video

Members of Supply Nation

Wilson Security is a Supply Nation member, providing Australia's largest national directory of verified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

Since our membership commenced in 2016, we have spent over $10 million with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and partnered with the following:

  • Security Providers - EON Protection, Ironforge Security, Mainland Security, Phoenix Security
  • Australian Indigenous Security Uniform suppliers – Red Rock Safety and Workwear, Jatu Clothing and PPE, Thread Group
  • Indigenous Employment – Real Futures, Tauondi Aboriginal College, Mob Jobs
  • Office Supplies – Muru Office Supplies
  • Vehicle providers – Peter Kittle Toyota
  • Medical Assessment providers – Ngare MedicalCommercial Cleaning providers – Multhana Property Services

Sponsor Indigenous sporting teams

Wilson Security has sponsored several Indigenous sporting teams over the years, which are a celebration of the Indigenous culture and provide an opportunity to honour loved ones, pay respect to elders and acknowledge future generations.

Recent sponsorships include:

  • Coastal Ballaz, Townsville
  • Winnunga Warriors, ACT

Annual Reconciliation & NAIDOC week celebrations

Our annual NAIDOC Week events are an incredible opportunity to create a focal point in time to ground our celebration and acknowledgement of Indigenous cultures. These events have involved Elders across the country coming to educate and inspire employees and their families.

We also use this time as an opportunity to take stock of our efforts and initiatives, with surveys helping us build our understanding of what staff want to see from our focus on reconciliation. This acknowledges the role that data and real conversations can have in guiding our reconciliation efforts.

Community Engagement with local Indigenous communities

We are committed to working with the local communities to change the perception of the Security Industry and build sustainable partnerships in the communities in which we work. 

Our current initiatives include:

  • Since 2017, we have been partnering with the NRL Cowboys House. Cowboys House supports young Indigenous men and women from 23 remote / very remote communities across North Australia. The Boys Campus currently supports 54 young men between 12 and 18 years with boarding whilst they attend secondary schools in years 7 to 12 throughout Townsville. Once the students have completed Year 12, they have transitioned from School/NRL Cowboys House into apprenticeships in the automotive industry, carpentry, construction, or further study in sport, youth work and enlistment in the Australian Navy.

  • We have a multi-year partnership with the KARI Foundation to deliver programs for Aboriginal women. This partnership culminates in the Aboriginal Wellbeing Conference, where women are empowered to share experiences and connect. The KARI Foundation is an incredible not-for-profit organisation that builds connections and strength amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

  • We have been supporting the Arrernte Community Boxing Association in Alice Springs to support keeping disadvantaged youth off the streets and health and wellbeing programs for women.

  • Uniform Design – we have engaged local artists to design uniforms that have been rolled out in multiple locations around the country. 

Wilson Security Indigenous Scholarships

Wilson Security has a bursary program running with QUT in Queensland. These scholarships assist Indigenous students with the costs of university study and support the success of undergraduate Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students.

To find out more, visit QUT's website.