Empowering first nations peoples - focus on employment

Empowering first nations peoples - focus on employment

Jun 30
Join CEDA’s panel to discuss how business can develop employment opportunities for first nations people and provide culturally safe environments.
Do you have a login? Sign in now to prefill the registration form and access member benefits.


Troy Cook, Director and General Manager, Community Engagement, Wirrpanda Foundation

Event Overview

"An internship is a rocket ship to a very different future." Michael Combs, Founder, CareerTrackers

According to the Federal Government’s 2020 Closing the Gap report the employment rate for Indigenous Australians has been fairly stable over the last decade at close to 50 per cent. The employment rate for non-Indigenous Australians over the same period has stayed around 75 per cent.
As we look to build strong employment opportunities for all Australians following the COVID hit to our economy, improving employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians must be a priority.
What are the enablers and barriers to participation in employment for Indigenous Australians? How can employers attract and support Indigenous workers?
In this first session of CEDA’s Empowering First Nations Peoples series, we will bring together an expert panel to discuss attracting and supporting Indigenous employees.
Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.30pm
WA: 11.00am

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the speaker

Troy Cook
Director and General Manager, Community Engagement, Wirrpanda Foundation

A proud Yamatji man from Carnarvon, Troy spent 14 years playing AFL Football for the Sydney Swans and the Fremantle Dockers. Throughout the final years of his AFL career, Troy’s passion for helping his community led him to the Wirrpanda Foundation where he has been instrumental in the development of the organisation since joining in 2007. More recently Troy has moved into the role of General Manager of Community Development where he works with community and businesses to help foster partnerships with the Foundation, leading to tangible opportunities for First Australians. In 2019 Troy took on the additional role of Director, joining the Wirrpanda Foundation Board.
Additional participants to be confirmed.

Session themes and confirmed speakers

Sponsorship opportunities available:

Align your brand with CEDA and communicate with hard-to-reach business, government and policy leaders by sponsoring this event. Contact CEDA Program and Innovation Team on 03 9662 3544 or email
Public event advice – Coronavirus

At CEDA we are proud to regularly convene and engage speakers and audiences as an essential element of our efforts to broaden discussion and debate of the most important policy issues facing Australia. In doing so, our first priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff.

CEDA is currently delivering a digital program of public events, podcasts and virtual Trustee roundtable discussions; hybrid events with both a livestream and audience in attendance; and face-face events, where there is member demand and they can be delivered in accordance with government health advice for a specific state.

For face-to-face gatherings, CEDA is working closely with our hosts and venues to ensure that social distancing can be maintained and facilities and equipment have been properly sanitised. Attendance numbers will strictly adhere to government guidelines for each state.In line with government advice we request people that are unwell with cough or fever or other respiratory symptoms do not attend CEDA events. We also ask that you follow government advice and maintain social distancing by refraining from shaking hands or exchanging physical greetings, and wherever possible, staying at least 1.5 metres away from others.

CEDA will continue to closely monitor government advice regarding public gatherings and will follow all relevant health advice from the Australian government in relation to COVID-19.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Twitter feed

ABN 49 008 600 922 | © 2020 CEDA |  Privacy and data collection