Australian Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion visited Crown Perth yesterday to officially announce the Employment Parity Initiative for Crown Resorts, marking a milestone for Indigenous Employment at Crown.
Under the Employment Parity Initiative, Crown Resorts has signed an agreement with the Australian Government to employ an additional 400 First Australians over the next four years and further build on Crown’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous employment.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that under the Employment Parity Initiative, the Government would support Crown Resorts to employ more Indigenous Australians.
“The jobs will be located across Crown’s business portfolios in Melbourne and Perth in Food and Beverage, Table Games, Hotel and Support Services,” Minister Scullion said.
“The organisation has a strong track record in employee retention and providing life changing opportunities to disadvantaged jobseekers.
“The Employment Parity Initiative will harness the goodwill of Crown Resorts and encourage the organisation to develop new and innovative recruitment and retention practices.”
Crown Resorts Limited Chief Executive Officer, Rowen Craigie, said that Crown was proud to be a part of this important initiative.
“The success of our programme comes from a sustained focus on building respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and our employees,” Mr Craigie said.
“This agreement represents a partnership of value and commitment by Crown and the Federal Government to support and deliver 400 jobs over the next four years, making a real difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.
“Creating jobs within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community is a core focus of Crown’s business, and we are proud to partner with the Federal Government through the EPI to deliver these outcomes.”
Since Crown’s Indigenous Employment program launched in 2009, more than 470 Indigenous Australians have been employed across Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth, as the company works towards its commitment of creating 2,000 employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by 2021. The Crown Resorts Foundation, in partnership with the Packer Family Foundation, has also established a $200 million National Philanthropic Fund with a focus on improving the education and career prospects of marginalised Australians, particularly Indigenous Australians.
In July 2015, Crown launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan, which focuses on continuing and building respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and providing meaningful employment opportunities through its best practice Indigenous Employment Program.