Empowering the community
Building a stronger community through empowerment and support.
The Grounds artwork
Bundjalung/Yugambeh artist, Christine Slabb, was inspired by community, culture and the environment, and was commissioned by NORTEC in 2017 to create a visual story depicting NORTEC’s purpose for use across diverse communication platforms.
‘Grounds’ means ‘factors forming a basis for action’. The Grounds artwork includes elements of environment, diversity and balance. Together these elements form strong ties, with true action enabled when their value is understood. Our action is our responsibility, to contribute meaningfully and to be resourceful.
Karen Collin's Story
Karen Collins grew up in Eidsvold, Queensland, and previously worked with NORTEC as an Employment Services Officer. Karen tells a story of the prevalence of bias and how this bias presented many challenges she had to overcome, through the power of the community around her.
Banaam are leaders and innovators in the area of Cultural Intelligence. Banaam, supported administratively by NORTEC, delivers a series of unique workshops and the knowledge provided comes from a team that live and breathe Indigenous culture every day.
The Banaam team have found a unique way to impart their cultural knowledge and share contextualised cultural skills that have been transferred to them throughout their lives. This deep cultural connection is what sets Banaam’s training apart.
Action Plan (RAP)
NORTEC’s Reconciliation Action Plan strengthens our capability and capacity to support and service Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, enhance our service delivery, and foster positive change.
Frequently Asked Questions
NORTEC has implemented a range of activities as part of a reconciliation-focused strategy. This strategy facilitated key achievements that supported connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and employment outcomes.
NORTEC established a customised corporate artwork by engaging the services of an Aboriginal designer. The resulting work, known as NORTEC’s ‘Grounds’ design, is used within NORTEC communications and promotional materials.
NORTEC has delivered cultural intelligence sessions to leadership, frontline staff and external partners, through the procurement of services from Aboriginal owned and operated business Banaam. NORTEC has since partnered with Banaam in 2023, developing the Banaam NORTEC Alliance.
Yes, businesses can partner with NORTEC to support community programs. NORTEC is committed to building strong partnerships with businesses to support the community. If your business is interested in partnering with NORTEC, you can contact us through our website or get in touch with our Community team to discuss potential collaboration opportunities. Together, we can create positive change and make a meaningful impact in the community.
NORTEC supports the attraction, retention, development, and promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into employment, predominantly through our delivery of workforce and employment services.
Currently 3.3% of NORTEC staff identify themselves as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NORTEC fosters collaboration across our teams with the shared goal of supporting jobseekers into employment by working with this diverse group of external partners.
There are several ways to get involved in NORTEC’s community initiatives, including attending community events, volunteering your time or skills, making a donation, or partnering with us on a specific project. You can also contact us directly to discuss potential opportunities or to learn more about our current initiatives.