Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders at Commonwealth Bank
Yana Budjari means 'Come Together You Mob' in the Dharawal language from the South Coast of NSW. Our employee network, Yana Budjari, is an important part of delivering CommBank’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which aims to promote social, economic and financial inclusion to help close the gap between First Nations People and other Australians. It provides a way for our people to engage with our reconciliation programs by getting involved and bringing the programs and supporting partnerships to life.
Developing the skills of First Nations People
At CommBank, we believe our people should reflect the diversity of the communities we work in. As Australia’s largest financial services organisation, we offer excellent employment opportunities to our First Nations People across the country.
We’ve a set target to reach employment parity – 3% First Nations representation across our domestic workforce – by December 2026. In order to achieve this target, our Indigenous Careers team [RAA1] is working across the company to make sure we’re growing talent internally and continuing to maintain an inclusive workplace where First Nations employees can thrive.
In addition to our Graduate and Summer Intern Programs, we offer a range of employment programs to First Nations People including:
AIME and AIEF
We support the important work of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) and the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) to ensure Indigenous youth have the right foundations for a prosperous career.
Our School Based Traineeship (SBT) Program provides a minimum of 70 new positions each year for First Nations students in Years 11 and 12. With SBTs that transition onto university, we’ll continue to work closely with them through the CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program. The Program helps young First Nations People build a career in the financial services industry, with vital on-the-job experience.
CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program
Recognising the importance of internships to attracting top university graduates, we’re partnered with the CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program, offering a program tailored for Indigenous university students. Through our partnership we’re committed to providing at least 25 internship placements a year to Indigenous university students until 2025.
Full-Time Traineeship Program
Our Full-Time Traineeships Program helps adult First Nations job seekers to develop into a role over 12 months. We provide participants with training and support with the aim to offer them a permanent position once they complete the traineeship. We’re currently working on expanding the program across the organisation.
Group-Wide Graduate Program
We’ve worked closely with our Campus Talent Acquisition team to develop a transition process to support CareerTrackers Interns into our Summer Intern Program during their penultimate year. This will provide them with the best opportunity to secure a position on our Graduate Program on completion of their studies.
Future Leaders Program
Our Future Leaders Program supports First Nations employees to develop their leadership skills and experiences to progress their careers to management level. We also recognise that building leadership skills benefit First Nations communities more broadly. We’re committed to supporting employees to be role models in the community.
We continually seek to directly employ First Nations People into permanent positions through:
- Recruitment and employment agencies
- Pre-employment programs
- Employment expos
- Online sources