Business ceremony

The Northern Indigenous Employment (NIE) Business Recognition Awards Ceremony is held annually to recognise Northern region businesses making positive steps to improve employment opportunities for Indigenous people.

To be nominated for a recognition award at the ceremony, businesses will have implemented some or all of the following initiatives in their workplace: 

  1. Workplace has applied to VCAT for exemption under Section 83 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1995 under the EEO exemption to advertise and employ an Indigenous specific employee(s) or business is recruiting under ‘special measures’ strategies applicable to the Australia Public Service  Sector.
  2. Workplace has advertised for Indigenous staff, especially young Indigenous employees.
  3. Workplace recruits and employs Indigenous Employees, including Trainees and Apprentices.
  4. Workplace has introduced Indigenous Employment Policies, Protocols and Strategies, including culturally appropriate retention strategies.
  5. Workplace has introduced cultural workplace mentors and or a mentoring program.
  6. Workplace has introduced and promotes cross cultural awareness & competency training for all staff.
  7. Workplace has employed an Aboriginal Liaison Officer (ALO).
  8. Workplace has introduced and develops a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
  9. Workplace has participated in and acknowledges Indigenous events.

To nominate a business please contact or complete the 2014 NIE Business Nomination Form July 2014 - Download
2013     NIE Business Awards recognise Indigenous employers of choice
Six leading employers successfully recruiting Indigenous Australians were recognised at the recent Northern Indigenous Employment (NIE) Awards. 
This year’s NIE award recipients included:
  • AFL Sportsready
  • The Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Quit Victoria
  • Australian College of Optometry
  • Crown Casino
  • Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre
For their outstanding achievements each business received a unique piece of artwork personally designed by students from the Indigenous Education Centre (IEC) Kangan Institute.
Ceremony guests were treated to an opening didgeridoo performance by Amos Roach, son of respected Aboriginal singer/songwriter Archie Roach.
Wurundjeri elder and traditional custodian, Margaret Gardiner offered a warm welcome to country and spoke of her passion for seeing Indigenous Australians, both young and old, better employed.
Ian Hamm, Director, Indigenous Economic Development, Department of Business and Innovation, honorary guest speaker, inspired and encouraged people to have high expectations of what is to come in the Indigenous employment space.
Since the first NIE Awards ceremony was held in 2009, twenty-seven employers have been recognised by the NIE working group for their successful Indigenous employment strategies. 
2012     NIE Business Recognition Awards Ceremony hits a high note


  • Woolworths Ltd
  • WPC Group Shake-a-Leg Program
  • Thornbury Kids
  • Linfox
  • Sa-ly Vuu Vegetables & Wholesale Enterprise
  • Whitelion

  • 2011     NIE Business Recognition Ceremony a huge success



    • Metropolitan Fire Brigade
    • CERES Community Environment Park
    • Children’s Protection Society (CPS)
    • Australia Post
    • Diver Consolidated Industries
    • Programmed
    • Merri Creek Management Committee


    2010     NIE Business Recognition Awards Ceremony - the journey begins

    • Vicroads
    • Parks Victoria
    • DESA
    • High Rise Scaffolding
    • North Yarra Community Health (NYCH)
    • Austin Health


    For more information about the annual NIE Business Recognition Awards Ceremony please contact
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