Leading beef exporter signs up to Indigenous jobs

Western Australia’s premier beef exporting facility, Harvey Beef today signed a landmark Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Noongar Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation (NEEDAC), which will see employment opportunities for thirty local Indigenous job seekers.

Operating out of Harvey on traditional Noongar land since 1919, Harvey Beef’s processing facility employs 350 people servicing all of WA and exporting to over 35 international markets.

The MoA will offer training positions across a number of roles for up to 30 Noongar job seekers over the first twelve months, as well as coordinating streamlined training and employment pipelines, and providing cultural awareness programs.

Harvey Beef General Manager, Wayne Shaw was enthusiastic to be adding diversity and strength to his growing team.

“Harvey Beef is looking forward to a long relationship with NEEDAC and working with them to facilitate more Indigenous Australians into training to be part of our dedicated and skilled team. Harvey Beef offers a range of employment opportunities including engineering trades and specialised meat processing trades,” said Mr. Shaw.

NEEDAC CEO, Jayson Sandiford was proud to encourage the growing relationship between Harvey Beef and the Noongar community.

“This agreement and investment from Harvey Beef is another great opportunity for both NEEDAC and our community to access local employment opportunities. The signing supports our commitment to our Local Jobs for Local People initiative, whilst further demonstrating the commitment of GenerationOne and the Minderoo Foundation to supporting Aboriginal employment across Western Australia,” said Mr. Sandiford.

GenerationOne CEO, Jeremy Donovan endorsed the MoA and was encouraged to learn about Harvey Beef’s future employment opportunities.

“These types of jobs at successful and growing companies are so important. Not just for the great benefits of moving from welfare to employment for individuals and families, but also because the potential for career advancement stokes the aspirational fires of whole communities,” said Mr Donovan.