Maximising opportunities for Indigenous participation
Spec Indigenous is focused on providing opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) people in improving their education pathways, employment prospects and ongoing career development.
Spec Indigenous is committed to empowering Indigenous ATSI people in making informed decisions about their employment and financial future and aspires to support a generation that is better educated, more engaged, and focused on professional development.
We see support for Indigenous participation and empowerment as a critical step in fighting discrimination and creating positive change for Indigenous-owned businesses.
Spec Indigenous and Spec Services are committed to inclusive and equal employment opportunity regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability or gender identity. We celebrate diversity and support women in leadership roles and actively encourage Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders to join our team.
We aspire to support a generation that is better educated, more engaged, and more focused on their professional development.
CREATING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience
In addition to Indigenous workforce participation and in order to achieve our goals we have partnered with Indigenous enterprises, charities, and support programs such as the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and introduced our own Procurement policy to maximise the engagement of other Indigenous businesses.
AIME support young Indigenous people in a range of areas starting from high school and university education completion rates through to making informed decisions about employment choices and financial future.
SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS ART
Collaboration with Indigenous Artist Danielle Mate
Spec Services engaged Indigenous Artist Danielle Mate to create a bespoke artwork for Spec Indigenous. The artwork was inspired by the logo and heritage of Spec Services, incorporating the blue fingerprint design with references to the ocean. The artwork will be featured on SPEC uniforms, sustainably printed by Indigenous business B PROMO; used as car decals, on the office walls and as an element in our corporate visual identity.
We have taken inspiration from Danielle’s artwork to update our Spec Indigenous Logo which now represents more strongly the link between Spec Services and Spec Indigenous.
– Katie Hale, Managing Director
SUPPORTING OUR INDIGENOUS
EMPLOYEES AND INDUSTRY
Spec Indigenous is currently developing an Indigenous Procurement Policy and Indigenous Participation Plan which reflects our commitment to employing, training, coaching, and mentoring Indigenous employees through the Spec Indigenous Employee Development Program (EDP). The Spec Indigenous EDP has been designed to upskill our Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander employees to a level where they are better equipped to confidently take their next career steps.
As part of our commitment to supporting Indigenous participation, we are also developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which will reflect Reconciliation Australia’s five inter-relationship dimensions.
This RAP will drive Indigenous education, engagement, collaboration, and knowledge sharing within Spec Indigenous, Spec Services, and local industry.
- Race relations
- Equality and equity
- Institutional integrity
- Historical acceptance
Spec Services will update this RAP on an annual basis to ensure our Indigenous Participation objectives are being met and align with Government requirements.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan is an agreed strategy on how Spec Services intends to contribute to reducing the gap in living standards between ATSI and non-ATSI Australians.
Spec Indigenous is passionate about creating long lasting intergenerational legacies for our Indigenous suppliers and we use Indigenous products and services where we can. These businesses are innovative, flexible, and grateful for the opportunity to prove themselves.
We find Indigenous-owned businesses often step up and go above and beyond to deliver exceptional quality in products and services and we are happy to support them in growing their businesses.
The social value or impact you get from buying a product or service from an Indigenous- owned business is important for our future generations.
– Pete McCann, CEO Yarraman Group
Australia’s business population includes just 0.6% of Indigenous-owned businesses. Spec Indigenous believes that these businesses should not carry the burden of fighting discrimination and creating positive change on their own. We also ask our non-Indigenous suppliers whether they have a RAP or an Indigenous Participation Plan and what they are doing to support Indigenous-owned businesses.
We have integrated Indigenous procurement targets into our Supplier and Subcontractor Selection Procedure and use Supply Nation to search verified Indigenous-owned businesses to support Spec Services.
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Supporting the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Centre
In partnership with Spec Services’ cleaning team, we have provided cleaning services to the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Centre since 2018.
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service provides a culturally safe, holistic health care service for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the ACT and surrounding regions.
They been at the forefront of setting a national agenda for quality improvement in Aboriginal community-controlled health and continues to advocate locally and nationally for best practice standards in all operational and governance areas of all Aboriginal health services.