AAC’s Heartwarming Christmas Lunch for Hedland Elders

Following the theme of this year’s NAIDOC week “For Our Elders” AAC invited Elders from Hedland to a Christmas lunch

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Breaking Barriers: Susan and Maria’s Success in AAC’s Real Jobs Program

Susan Lawrence, despite finding the opportunity intriguing, had spent thirty-five years as a stay-at-home mum, away from paid employment. She

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Community Support Skill Set Training

Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation (AAC) recently partnered with Insight Training to facilitate Community Support Skill Set training in the Nullagine/Irrungadji community.

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Prepare to work safely in the construction industry: White Card Training

Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation (AAC) collaboration with Aveling to provide us access to their online white card training. This course is

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Strengthening Bonds Over Morning Tea

AAC Staff’s Engagement with Hope Services In a recent collaborative effort, AAC Staff participated in a morning tea hosted by

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Highlights from the Pilbara Summit

AAC Regional Managers recently convened in Karratha for the highly anticipated Pilbara Summit. This year’s gathering, centered around the theme

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Try-A-Trade Workshop at Onslow Tyres

On a quest to empower job seekers, our inaugural Try-A-Trade workshop unfolded at Onslow Tyres, providing participants with an immersive

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Going the Extra Mile: Learn to Drive Program Empowers Remote Communities

In remote communities, gaining qualifications, obtaining identification documents, and securing a driver’s licence can be a challenging journey for young

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Delivering the Learn to Drive Program in Remote Communities

In the vast and remote landscapes of Western Australia, the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation is delivering the Learn to Drive Program,

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AAC Onslow Joins the Celebration at this Year’s Passion of the Pilbara

Onslow came alive with the vibrant spirit of community and culture as AAC Onslow joined local residents and visitors in

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AAC Karratha Celebrate with Hope Community Services

The Pilbara region has a reason to celebrate, as Hope Community Services marks its first year of operating the Pilbara

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Introducing Sarah, Our Learn 2 Drive Instructor in Tom Price

We would like to share the inspiring story of Sarah, our dedicated driving instructor. Originally from the UK, Sarah started

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Looking for a Brighter Future

AAC has been trialing Pathways to Real Jobs for jobseekers across the Pilbara. We’ve been working on a project in

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Winners – WasteSorted Awards

AAC are thrilled to announce that our organization has been selected as the winner in the Closing the Loop category

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2023 Jundunmunnah NAIDOC Art Exhibition

The Tom Price community this year held our second annual Jundunmunnah NAIDOC Art Exhibition. This event showcases the amazing art

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Yule River Bush Meeting

Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation was invited to attend the Annual Yule River Bush Meeting. Indigenous leaders from across Western Australia’s Northwest

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Successful Department of Transport Open Day in Nullagine Community

The Department of Transport Open Day in Nullagine was a triumph! Seven jobseekers obtained their licenses during the event. Danny

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Empowering Indigenous Youth

AAC Karratha’s Impactful Contribution at the 2023 KDCCI Indigenous Tradeshow In a powerful display of community support and commitment to

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Empowering Job Seekers: Michael’s Journey to Employment Success

In the heart of Karratha, a newly opened site is paving the way for job seekers to find meaningful, full-time

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Unveiling New Opportunities: Programmed’s Expansion in Karratha

Excitement buzzed through the air as Programmed’s North West Area Manager, Josh Stronach, graced the newly opened AAC Karratha Offices

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Tim’s Journey: From Incarceration to Entrepreneurship

Tim, not his real name, wanted his identity concealed in this story, with the possibility of revealing it in the

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Sports Uniting Communities

Harmony Week 2023 Success Recently, AAC staff members Kelly Gould and Michelle Kivits generously volunteered their time to support one

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Port Hedland Networking Luncheon

The Hedland Management Team, consisting of Kristy Allison, Christie Haynes, Taylor Codina, Michelle Kivits, and Lisa Fleischer, recently had the

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Tradie Hub Launch

Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce Launches South Hedland Tradie Hub, Empowering Local Tradespeople and Businesses AAC Hedland staff members Michelle

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Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry

PHCCI State Budget Sundowner Briefing 2023/2024: Highlights and Key Government Initiatives AAC’s new Regional Manager for Hedland, Christie Haynes, joined

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Milestone Success: Job Seekers Thrive at Smokemart

The Employment Services Team recently paid a visit to Smokemart located in South Hedland to honour and acknowledge the achievements

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Driving Success

AAC’s Learn 2 Drive Program Empowers Jobseekers AAC is dedicated to supporting jobseekers in their journey towards gaining a licence,

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Celebrating Milestones

Kellie, Genelle, and Biddy recently made a visit to Independent Parts in Wedgefield to commend their team members and celebrate

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AAC’s Liz and Kirra are Kicking Goals!

In Hedland, as part of our internal KPIs, our Employment Pathway Advisors identify and select five job seekers from their

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Training to Employment Program Success

Meet Christine Edmonds, one of our job seekers who is currently participating in the FMG VTEC training-to-employment program. Christine has

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Ashburton Welcome New Staff Members

This month, we are pleased to welcome four new staff members to the Newman AAC family: Dijah, Jonah, Kerri-Anne, and

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Driving Successes

Congratulations to Sammi Ryder, our latest recipient of a full manual driver’s licence. Your hard work and dedication have paid

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Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Workshop Tom Price

Tom Price Jobseekers attended an Aboriginal Mental Health Training Workshop offered by the National Wellbeing Alliance, along with some of

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PICCI Business of the Year Awards

AAC Tom Price were recently recognised with two awards at the PICCI Business Awards 2022. The Pilbara Inland Chamber of

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Aussie of the Month – Lucas Stone

Every now and then we are inspired by a Trailblazer. Nowadays they seem to get younger and younger. We’d like

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Small Refund Point Award

On Friday 4 November, Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation was presented with another award: Small Refund Point Operator of the Year sponsored

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Overcoming Fear of Driving – Success for Linda Dodd

Learning to drive is no easy feat. Linda Dodd celebrates overcoming her fear of driving and receives her provisional licence.

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Huge Win for 14 Job Seekers Issused with Provisional Licences

Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation celebrates Learn2Drive and Access and Equity program of the WA Department of Transport. Fantastic results for Ashburton

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Learners Permit Victory

Age is no barrier for Jenelle Dodd. AAC supports Jenelle to pass her Learner Permit assessment with flying colours. This

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Proud Moment for Aaron Rule

AAC breaks down employment barriers. Aaron Rule achieved his proudest moment this month when he passed his Learner Theory test,

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P-Plate Success

Practice practice practice is the key to a success driving assessment! Juanita (Winnie) learnt this first-hand leading up to her

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A Helping Hand

Make Court Fines Disappear with support from AAC Work and Development Permit (WDP) Scheme. Court fines can find a way

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40th Reason to Celebrate

Containers for Change delivers a work-ready component for participants who are long-term unemployed or have never employed. This paid training

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Real Support!

Courtney has been employed with the Last Chance Bottle Shop since late April. Courtney works the drive-thru taking orders, collecting

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Great Work Courtney and Billy

Don’t have a driver’s license, that doesn’t stop you from applying for jobs! AAC is here to assist our Jobseekers

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Martu Youth Festival

On the last day of NAIDOC week, Nullagine held the Martu Youth Festival. The festival spanned 5 days and included

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Local NAIDOC BBQ Event with IBN

AAC partnered with IBN to host a BBQ event with IBN, including live music, local fashion and children activities. We

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Celebrating with Local Elders

Local Elder’s Maureen Kelly and Alfred Baker presented AAC Port Hedland Regional Manager a certificate of appreciation for excellent work

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NAIDOC Morning Tea with Guest Speaker Michelle Kivits

AAC’s Regional Manager Michelle Kivits guest spoke at the Well Women’s Centre NAIDOC morning tea. Michelle gave a wrap-up of

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NAIDOC Celebrations

NAIDOC Celebration with Department of Communities, Department of Justice and Blackwoods Port Hedland. On 5th of July AAC celebrated NAIDOC

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YMCA NAIDOC Celebrations

AAC partnered with the YMCA to host a BBQ breakfast, arts and crafts and East Pilbara Band, Bradley Hall. During

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NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony

On Sunday 3rd of July AAC celebrated the 2022 NAIDOC Awards Ceremony. The ceremony was followed by a BBQ hosted

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Congratulations Everyone!

Congratulations to Jason and Karen for Passing their Forklift Licence! Another good news story! Congratulations Jason and Karen for passing

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Cartec Graduation

AAC partnered with Cartec Training to celebrate the graduation of six job seekers and one local participant. AAC partnered with

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Congratulations Nora

Nora has won this year’s Port Hedland nomination for NAIDOC day celebrations in the Culture category. This category tells us

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NAIDOC 2022: What to expect

2022 This year’s NAIDOC sees our community here in Tom Price celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and

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Empowered

AAC Job Seekers and Community members felt empowered after they completed some Tour Guide Training. AAC collaborated with The Nintirri

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Milestone Catch Ups

We were out and about over the last couple of weeks handing out some well-deserved cheques to some great organisations

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Bravo, Brenton!

Brenton successfully completed his 50 hours of driving supervision, and with AAC’s assistance passed his practical driving assessment first time!

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Hiking Tour Training

The Pilbara is surrounded by natural untouched beauty. Karijini National Park offers spectacular rugged scenery, ancient geological formations, a variety

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National Reconciliation Week

AAC has recently joined a community breakfast for National Reconciliation Week with Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation, The Shire of Ashburton, Rio

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Kingsley Gets Moving

Kingsley commenced employment with Up Your Grass Garden Maintenance in March as a Labourer. AAC assisted with obtaining his L-plates

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Well Done Jordean

Jordean Menmuir started with Duratec at the end of last year as a Trade Assistant. Jordean has since secured an

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Business Off the Clock

AAC Port Hedland Regional Manager Michelle Kivits and two of the Employment Service staff, Genelle Smith and Kristy Allison attended

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Community Effort

COVID has hit our region quite hard, but as a community, we were able to navigate this difficult period with

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Helpful Duo

AAC Marble Bar office continues to seek ways of keeping the community clean and tidy. These two enthusiastic young lads

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Building A Future

AAC Hedland were able to assist job seeker Aaron Woodley in providing him accommodation at Mirnutharntu. He has made the

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Confidence Boost

Shona McKie has had some major breakthroughs since she has engaged in one of our AAC mentor programs. AAC has

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Keeping our Job Seekers Covid Safe

AAC would like to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to De Grey Mining Limited who recently delivered 200 RATests to

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Delivery Time

AAC recently provided six local families with cooked meals while in recent lockdown during a recent covid outbreak here in

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Poppies for Paraburdoo

25th April is a National Day of Remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. On ANZAC Day, we remember all who

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That New Truck Smell

We were so excited to welcome our new truck at Containers for Change this month. She is an absolute stunner,

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Calendar Anyone?

Our staff in Tom Price felt empowered recently when we completed First Attack Fire Training. We feel like firefighting heroes

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Bringing Communities Together

AAC  have been actively involved in assisting those affected by COVID this month in all the communities. Cases kept climbing

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Hands-On Infection Control

We recently had a number of our staff undertake some training that was delivered through Hands-On Infection Control they offer

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Making the Change

We can tell that our jobseekers enjoy working at Containers for Change, a paid jobseeker Activity. Some have managed to

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A Mitre Fine Guy

At AAC we work closely with employers to identify suitable positions for jobseekers. We specifically love employers who have a

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Thanks Category 5

Brittany, Kristy and Genelle happily presenting the team from Category 5 with a special gourmet fruit platter and cheque for

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Job Seeker Incentives

Sarah and Deanne from ‘Rose Nowers Child Care Services’ were very excited and grateful to receive one of our AAC

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Great Job Kingsley

Kingsley commenced employment with Hedland Hand Car Wash in June last year as a Car Detailer. In October, Kingsley relocated

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Congratulations Tamara

Congratulations to Tamara who is gainfully employed as a cleaner with Bloodwood Tree. Tamara has been keen to work and

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Tammy’s Journey with Thandi

The past few months have blown Thandi’s mind. Our Employment Engagement Officer has quickly become quite an expert in her

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Containers for Change and Ashoil Recycling Together

At Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation, we’re always finding ways to work together. Not only is this economical, but it enables us

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Newman Activities and Events

In the last week, AAC Newman has been busy with activities and events picking up. The AAC women have been

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Welcoming New Staff to Newman

Ashburton’s Newman team has recently grown in numbers! We are pleased to welcome Sasha our Activities Supervisor, Terry our Activities

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Welcoming Michael from Many Rivers

For-purpose organisation Many Rivers works with clients and communities to provide business support and assist in economic development. AAC and

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QUBE Candidates Set to Begin TAFE Studies.

Seven of our 9 QUBE candidates recently attended orientation at Pundulmurra Campus TAFE.  After orientation was completed, the candidates attended

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Bloodwood Tree Receives Their Employer Incentive

AAC has been working closely with Bloodwood Tree, the non-for-profit organisation that provides support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait

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Nora Cooke Provides Covid Vaccination Support

Nora Cooke is our very own in-house Covid19 Support Person at our AAC Hedland office. A few of our AAC

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Heavyweight Recycling Champion

As you know AAC manage the Containers for Change refund points in Tom Price, Paraburdoo and Marble Bar. We celebrate

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Mr Goodwin’s Story

Aaron is a former AAC job seeker with such an air of confidence about him that the AAC staff have

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Job Seekers Remain Successfully Employed For 26-Weeks

Six AAC job seekers recently met their 26-week milestone of employment at Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (WMHSAC) WMHSAC

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QUBE Information Session Event

Recently, an end of the year Mini Connect Information Session was held at the Lotteries House. The aim of this

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Vincent Documents His Native Aboriginal Language.

Vincent Thomas has been undertaking the challenging but highly rewarding job of recording and documenting his Native Aboriginal Language.

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BBQ Event Raises Awareness for Violence Against Women and Families

On the 7th of December AAC Hedland supported  the Department of Communities with bottles of our Yurrama water.  A number

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Job Seeker Successes from December

One of our AAC job seekers John Ryan was recently successful in securing employment as a Cleaner at Coles Supermarket.

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Martu Farm Christmas Gathering

Martu Farm had an amazing Christmas gathering early in December with many attending. AAC were invited to this wonderful event,

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Job Seekers Complete Traffic Management Course

AAC Woodwork Supervisor Adam has been mentoring a number of our Jobseekers and assisting them with completing their Traffic Management

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Saying No to Family Violence

On the 25th of November, a number of our AAC staff took part in this years “Hedland Says No to

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Minprovise Trainees Reach Employment Milestone

Following the training and mentorship program from Minprovise, a number of AAC job seekers have successfully reached an incredible employment

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