Professional Development, Capability, Diversity and Inclusivity
Elemental Projects are absolutely delighted to have supported the National Aboriginal College to design and deliver the Indigenous Project Managers’ Workshop in November 2016. Our Principal and Director, Kestrel Stone, worked closely with Normal Ingram from the National Aboriginal College on the project, and facilitated an AIPM industry briefing session on Indigenous Project Management Capability, as NSW Chapter Coordinator of the Australian Institute of Project Management.
Indigenous projects in Australia have far-ranging and profound impacts on not only Indigenous people, businesses and communities, but also on non-Indigenous people and industries across the country. Building Indigenous project management capability supports a more diverse and inclusive workforce. It also provides a strong, ethical foundation for project-based industries, which celebrates multi-culturalism, reconciliation, sustainability, and economic prosperity.
As the peak body for project management in Australia, the AIPM supports Indigenous projects and reconciliation initiatives that are ultimately the mechanism for ‘closing the gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
The AIPM also recognise the importance for employers and recruiters across industry and government to be aware of legislative changes in this area that impact project, program, and portfolio management within their business – such as the Indigenous Procurement Policy introduced in 2015, which requires 0.5% of the budget for all federally-funded projects go toward Indigenous suppliers, and which is set to scale up to 3% by 2020.