Uranium industry to set Indigenous jobs benchmark

Myles Morgan
ABC NT Local News

The body representing Australia's uranium miners and associated businesses says the industry will start to set targets for Indigenous employment from this year.

The Australian Uranium Association says each company it represents will set its own targets for providing jobs to indigenous people, which will be reviewed annually.

Association chief executive Michael Angwin says Indigenous people deserve to be represented in the uranium industry.

"Our projects are mostly on land owned by Indigenous people," he said.

"We don't believe we can develop those projects, we don't believe we can develop our industry, unless we have very good relationships with Indigenous people.

"That is good for us but we also do that because it is the right thing to do."

He says says the plan follows advice from the association's Indigenous Dialogue Group.

"ERA in the Northern Territory has quite a high proportion of Indigenous employees and they are probably at the forefront of this kind of initiative," he said.

"But there are other companies that are newer, which are much more early in the stages of their business cycles."

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