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  • ATO supporting Indigenous small business - Yarn'n Employment Services' story - transcript


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    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that this production may contain images and video of deceased people.

    The ATO would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this country and pay our respect to elders both past and present.

    Hi, I’m Deb, I’m a Bandjin woman from the Girramay people from northern Queensland. Our traditional lands are called Hinchinbrook Island and we’re very strong, proud, powerful people from up that way. But I was born down here in Sydney, in Balmain in fact, and I’ve lived here all of my life, so I have really strong connections and ties with the local mobs down here.

    We work in the Aboriginal employment space, we would help an employer to create their vision for Aboriginal employment, through to providing a recruitment service, and then mentoring and supporting Aboriginal candidates and their managers for at least 12 months after someone has been employed so that we can keep them in the job. So our business is really about, for me it’s all about building capacity of Aboriginal people.

    There’s 8 of us. We’re a very small, sleek, team but we’re very good at what we do here.

    I’d never run a business before, no-one in my family had had a business that I was intimately involved in, so you know I had no idea about all of the things that we needed to do. So just making a couple of calls to the ATO – they gave me so much information and so much support, they were just fantastic.

    The real challenge for us I guess is about making the impact that we want to have. We would like to be doing more in a bigger way, with more and more candidates. Because we just see that the only way that we're going to truly make a shift in Aboriginal families and communities is if we start working with individuals and helping individuals be strong and resilient and confident people.

    I’d have to say my greatest role models have been my parents – my Mum and Dad were married at a time that there weren’t many interracial marriages and so they had to put up with a great deal of negativity and I think the strength and resilience that they both have always displayed – and at the same time compassion for those who were showing some negativity towards them, that helped me to be a stronger, more resilient person and compassionate person.

    We’re a family business so I’m hoping that at some point I can hand over to my children, who both work here.

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      Last modified: 19 Jan 2016QC 45074