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This report presents the findings of the Minerals Industry Indigenous Employment Research Project, a collaborative research project between The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland, Rio Tinto and other companies that have been active in the field of Indigenous employment.

Key objectives of the project were to:

  • inform the minerals industry and policy makers about key trends and issues relating to Indigenous employment in the minerals industry
  • develop a toolkit to assist mining companies achieve improved Indigenous employment outcomes
  • develop a standard framework for evaluating and comparing the Indigenous employment practices of mining operations
  • facilitate the sharing of good practice within the industry.

The study involved 12 site visits, 113 face-to-face interviews, a practitioners’ workshop, a review of published and unpublished research, and the collection and analysis of a comprehensive array of site data, including internal company reports and employment statistics.

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