The energy and resources sector has a strong presence in the more remote regions of Australia and is now the largest private sector employer of Indigenous people. While there have been notable gains over the last decade, there is still more that can be done to increase Indigenous economic participation in and beyond the resources sector.
There are success stories but these are relatively isolated and the pool of full- time employees is also relatively small.
The challenge is to build diversified and well managed businesses that also generate a social dividend back to communities and regions, and an expanded labour pool with initiatives that focus on enabling greater skill development and employability, rather than just getting a job.
As part of Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) Indigenous Enterprise Initiative, the Centre is currently conducting a series of activities funded through donations from University of Queensland (UQ) alumnus. One such activity is to produce a teaching case note for use within CSRM’s education and training portfolio. This project teaching case note concerns the success of KRED Enterprises (KRED) an Indigenous-led organisation based in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. As an enterprise, KRED is largely responsible for the income generation of their members. KRED provides heritage and logistics services to resource companies through their subsidiary company Environmental Heritage and Social Impact Services (EHSIS). KRED promotes and drives initiatives in the Kimberley, such as the Kimberley Agriculture and Pastoral Company. KRED also owns a legal practice, KRED Legal, who operate Australia-wide and exclusively represent Aboriginal Traditional Owners, Prescribed Body Corporates, Native Title groups or Aboriginal-owned companies.