Tiwi Islander Integration

Posted on
March 14, 2019

The Port of Melville is one of Australia’s newest Ports and is part of the Tiwi Islands. The Port is another source of employment and furthers qualifications for the Tiwi people and an opportunity for a Port to include its community in all aspects of its business.From its inception, the Port aimed to be operated and managed by local Tiwi’s. Port Melville has been predicted as an output for local economic growth,particularly in the agricultural sector.

In partnership with the Tiwi Islands Training and Education Board and the Northern Territory Government, the Port established the ‘Port Operations Support Officer’ program. This program provides local Tiwi people with certifiable skills required by the Port but also transferable across industries. Students are provided with a learning centre, workplace and heavy equipment for training,and accommodation and meals for the duration of the course. The project aims for long-term employment, with a mentor to support and guide the students and a variety of skills taught including; rigging and dogging, materials handling operations and forklift operation.

The Port of Melville is addressing key issues from the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals:

4- Quality Education

8- Decent Work and Economic Growth

10- Reduced Inequalities

17- Partnerships for the Goals

Our Future Goals:
Promote and implement inclusion programs to drive diversity in the industry.


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