Northern Indigenous Employment (NIE) 


A community initiative that aims to identify, recognise, reward and create engagement opportunities with businesses in the Northern region of Melbourne, currently employing Indigenous People, particularly youth, and those wanting to employ them.
It also aims to engage groups and services providing employment assistance and pre-employment training programs.


The NIE partnership initiative has been growing since 2008. It is the result of individuals from community, business, council and education sectors, coming together in response to the Federal Government's 'Close the Gap' campaign, in particular the objective to halve the gap in employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within a decade.

Over the past 7 years, key achievements of the initiative include:

NIE has recognised 37 employers for best practice in Indigenous recruitment

NIE has hosted five Business Recognition Ceremonies

NIE has hosted three Reconciliation Week events

Increased employment outcomes in NIE partner organisations and further afield

NIE won a Northern Metropolitan Regional Koori Justice Award 2013

NIE was a finalist at the Statewide Koori Justice Awards 2013

NIE Coordinator, Nicole Findlay, received Boonde Mak Balletak Reconciliation Award 2013

NIE has an informal partnership agreement signed by Aboriginal leaders 2012

NIE has its own annual publication Getting on with business, Employing Aboriginal People

NIE won an inaugural Community HART Award for Reconciliation outcomes 2014

NIE has consulted and engaged extensively with Aboriginal communities, job seekers and employers