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Indigenous Employment Partners are proudly determined to address the high-level of poverty and hardship that exists for Indigenous Australians


We bring together close to 50 years’ experience servicing Aboriginal communities and building capacity aimed at fostering inclusive workplaces and increasing employment and training opportunities for Indigenous job seekers.
Research has shown the type of culturally safe employment packages we offer will reduce Indigenous disadvantage in a range of areas including health, mental health, family violence, imprisonment and suicide; not only for the person gaining employment but also for their family and community.
We address the issues associated with Indigenous poverty and social exclusion by offering employers a fully supported end-to-end recruitment service packaged and designed to support both the employer and their Indigenous employee. This ensures the employee stays in the job and the employers Indigenous and Non-Indigenous staff feel safe and supported.

Dennis Batty – Director:

Dennis Batty is a Taungurung, Gunai/Kurnai and Palawa man with 30 years’ experience in the charity and non-profit sector developing successful Indigenous employment training programs. Dennis has developed numerous successful Aboriginal employment and training programs and was part of the teams which established Australia’s first wholly Aboriginal owned and operated Job Network and Registered Training Organisation.

Sara Stuart – Group CEO:

Sara is a proud Kamilaroi woman with 15 years’ experience in mainstream recruitment. Sara was awarded the 2017 Joan Kirner Scholarship for emerging Aboriginal Female leaders. Sara is currently Group CEO of both Printing with Purpose and Indigenous Employment Partners.

Board members:

Russell Dennison is a founding member of Indigenous Employment Partner, joining in the formation stages of the business as an independent advisor to provide external input. Russell was so connected to IEP’s social purpose that he has continued with the company as a Non-Executive Director on the board. As a Director of Westpac Private Bank and with over 20 years of financial services experience, Russell brings a unique perspective and skill set to the board that complements the amazing talent of IEP.
Rory Smeaton is a specialist in Indigenous Employment and Education, he is passionate about creating new employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. With a background in Training and Employment, Rory has been successful in engaging with the community and providing sustainable pathways for Indigenous people through employment and training. Rory is currently the Manager for Aboriginal Recruitment and cultural Competency with DJPR.
Our business is important because...
Employment and poverty gaps between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians continue to widen with 49% of our fellow Indigenous Australians living below the poverty line, with 64% of these living in absolute poverty.

Labour market participation remains increasingly unequal at 55% for Indigenous Australians compared to 93% for Non-Indigenous Australians.
Annual Report 2017 – 2018
IEP Impact Report 2019-2020
31-33 Hoddle Street Richmond Vic 3212
PO Box 594 Carlton North, Vic 3054
Monday—Friday: 9:00AM–5:00PM
Indigenous Employment Partners is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 65 620 718 005.
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