Iluka’s Jacinth-Ambrosia (J-A) operation won the 2017 South Australian Premier’s Community Excellence Award for Social Inclusion. The award recognises our commitment to preserving local employment and development opportunities during the temporary suspension of mining and concentrating activities.

Following the idling of operations in May 2016, a key focus at site has been on preserving employment and development opportunities for the J-A team, with a view to an eventual restart of full operations. This has included redeployment of staff from mining and concentrating roles to rehabilitation activities, as well as other initiatives. As part of this focus, Iluka has exceeded its aspirational target of 20% Indigenous employment at J-A, with Indigenous members currently comprising 26% of the workforce.

Since J-A commenced production in 2009, a number of programs have been implemented to increase the number of Far West Coast (FWC) Aboriginal people with the appropriate skills, qualifications and experience necessary to maximise their eligibility for future employment.

An employee management plan was developed with a focus on retaining key staff; prioritising local employment where appropriate; and maintaining or, if possible, exceeding our commitment to FWC members. For example, personnel retained for rehabilitation earthmoving roles were trained in operating various, nationally-recognised surface mobile equipment and gained licences. The program provided up-skilling opportunities in readiness for the restart of full operations and future career opportunities for current site based personnel.

The award was presented in Adelaide at the South Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy function in May 2017.