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Corporate Responsibility February 2010

Corporate Responsibility February 2010

ANZ Indigenous employees

Closing the Gap through Indigenous traineeships

The results of our Indigenous traineeship program (PDF 4.4MB), which provides young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with invaluable workplace experience in branches throughout Australia, has been recognised by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in his ‘Closing the Gap’ statement – the Australian Government’s annual report on progress to address Indigenous disadvantage.

The Prime Minister noted our achievement of recruiting over 420 trainees since the program commenced in 2003 as well as our commitment to creating a pathway to long-term employment for these trainees.

Barry Trubridge, General Manager of Distribution Services, who steers our Indigenous employment team, said that while it is pleasing that ANZ's achievements in this area have been recognised, there is still much to do.

"We have learned a lot about how to better support our trainees through what can initially be a daunting experience. We are increasingly focused on quality outcomes for both the trainees and ANZ over the longer term, and that includes permanent employment and career development opportunities for more Indigenous Australians.”

Our goal is to employ a further 180 Indigenous trainees in 2010.

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