Rio Tinto has a long history of working in partnership with Traditional Owner Groups and communities in the Cape York region to provide employment opportunities for local Indigenous people.
Initiatives have been developed with the local Wik and Wik Waya communities to ensure a strongly supportive work environment that promotes cross-cultural understanding. These include cultural camps on country, Welcome to Country ceremonies for employees, weekend activities on country and a co-designed area at the camp used to celebrate culture and history.
At the end of 2017, the Indigenous workforce across Rio Tinto’s Weipa Operation and Amrun Project reached 574 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including 244 local Aboriginal people from surrounding Indigenous communities. The workforce has been bolstered by onsite construction jobs at Amrun and a community commute from Aurukun that has allowed employment directly from community.