13 December 2023
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), managed by ASM Global, takes another step towards greater recognition of Australia's First Nations Peoples with the launch of its 2024 First Nations Employment Program – running for the third time since the venue opened. This initiative stands as a testament to ICC Sydney's unwavering commitment to foster meaningful inclusion of the First Nations community across its operations and talent acquisition process.
Eligibility criteria encompass identifying as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, residing in Sydney, being 18 years or older, and being available to commence in February 2024. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and CV online, with successful candidates being invited to progress to interview stages.
"Through the third iteration of ICC Sydney’s First Nations Employment Program we reaffirm our commitment to Reconciliation, collaboration and partnership with Australia's vibrant First Nations Peoples and greater inclusion within our workforce,” stated Geoff Donaghy CEO ICC Sydney and Group Director – Convention Centres, ASM Global (APAC).
"Our Reconciliation Action Plan serves as our guide toward nurturing positive relationships and a future where cultural respect and promotion of opportunities and career pathways for First Nations Peoples is integral to our organisational fabric," Mr Donaghy said.
As an employer of choice, ICC Sydney designed the program to streamline training and development that will lead to available employment opportunities for Sydney's First Nations community – all within an environment where cultural understanding is deeply embedded, and team members feel valued, included, and supported.
“At ICC Sydney, we are proud to offer careers – not simply jobs, and with the reinvigoration of our First Nations Employment Program we hope to create a clear avenue for our First Nations community to experience working in Australia’s leading convention, exhibition and entertainment venue. Participants in the program will be exposed to food and beverage, customer service, presentation services, kitchen logistics, event set-up, with the prospect of earning a nationally recognised certification upon successful completion,” Mr Donaghy said.
Highlights of ICC Sydney’s First Nations Employment Program include:
• A paid career development opportunity to earn while learning through casual employment with ICC Sydney.
• Exposure to multiple departments over nine months, empowering participants to explore and discover their passions within the hospitality and events industry.
• Ongoing support and mentorship by esteemed partners including vocation education institutions and KARI.
• Development of in-demand skills essential for a fulfilling long-term career trajectory.
This initiative by ICC Sydney represents a pivotal moment in fostering greater inclusivity, providing a platform for skill development, mentorship, and career advancement for Sydney's First Nations community and reconciliation more broadly.
Through ICC Sydney’s Reconciliation Action Plan, it strives to create a welcoming environment for First Nations team members. ICC Sydney’s team greets visitors with ‘Bujari Gamarruwa’ in Gadigal language. It features First Nations art across the venue, including displaying Jeffrey Samuels’s ‘Gadigal, Acknowledgment Respect’ artwork and digital applications across the signage and decals on the entrance doors. The venue team has undergone cultural awareness training with the KARI Foundation, and regularly participates in Yarning Circles presented by KARI’s cultural custodians. Animated First Nations stories, ‘Gadigal Dreaming – The Sacred Country of the Gadigal People’ were developed in collaboration with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and Bilbie Labs XR, and are shared across the signage points through ICC Sydney’s Tumbalong Boulevard.