Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships

Commitment to developing solutions and support programs that foster self-sufficiency for Indigenous communities.

Our commitment

BT, as part of Westpac Group, is proud to have been a partner in the creation of Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships in 2001.

Founded in Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, under the leadership of Noel Pearson, Jawun is a community engagement model. Under the model, corporate employees are seconded to Indigenous organisations for an agreed period of time, usually six weeks, to share their skills and contribute to building the sustainability of those organisations.

Success is shared both ways. The Aboriginal organisations benefit from the practical assistance provided by the corporate secondees. Corporate secondees benefit from enormous personal and professional growth during their time spent within Indigenous communities.

Employees have undertaken secondments with organisations located in:

  • Cape York (Queensland)

  • Inner Sydney and Central Coast (NSW)

  • Goulburn Murray (Victoria)

  • Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) lands of Central Australia

  • Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong (South Australia)

The word Jawun comes from the language of the Kuku Yalanji rainforest people of Far North Queensland. Jawun means "family or friend". This honour was bestowed on Jawun by a Senior Kuku Yalanji Elder.