Indigenous employment

As part of our commitment to supporting our local communities and to maintain mutually beneficial relationships with our Aboriginal communities, Rio Tinto Coal Australia and Coal & Allied have developed an Indigenous Employment Strategy to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to join our organisation. 

The strategy aims to encourage Indigenous applicants by assisting them through the application process and providing culturally appropriate recruitment support.

Indigenous employment opportunities

Information about Indigenous employment opportunities are listed below.

  • The Rio Tinto Indigenous Cadetship

Since 1999 Rio Tinto and the Australian Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relatons (DEEWR) have been working together to increase the employment of Indigenous people at Rio Tinto's operations and in related enterprises.

Rio Tinto was one of the first to private sector organisations to support the Australian Government's Indigenous Cadetship Support programme (ICS). The ICS is administered by the Indigenous Employment Branch of the DEEWR. It is designed to provide financial support to Indigenous tertiary students. By supporting the ICS, Rio Tinto is contributing to the development of Indigenous professionals with diverse skills and experience.

ICS is designed to provide financial assistance and vacation employment to full-time tertiary students from indigenous communities. Cadets can enrol in ICS from first to fourth year depending on their course structures. They are recruited from a diverse range of disciplines from universities across Australia.

Other benefits to you:

  • Annual study allowance of A$14,400
  • Annual textbook allowance of A$1,000
  • Twelve weeks paid vacation employment
  • Career development
  • Mentoring
  • Technical skills development
  • Experience in a global workplace

Find out more and how to apply on the Rio Tinto website.