NRW recognises that our long-term success depends on the well-being and development of the communities in which we operate. We respect the importance of Indigenous Australian culture and value its diversity. NRW has successfully employed and supported Indigenous people within our operations since opening link to history in 1994. Increasing Indigenous mining jobs and careers on our mining and civil projects is an integral part of NRW’s philosophy.

NRW’s commitment to providing sustainable opportunities to Indigenous Australians is evident in our Indigenous Development Program, Powerup. This intensive pre-employment work ready program provides opportunities for entry level Indigenous candidates to break into the civil and mining industries. Read more about our Powerup Program.


NRW has a proud history of partnering with both traditional land owners and Pilbara Aboriginal Businesses on many types of projects.

Current and past joint venture partners include:

  • the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi People (represented through the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation Limited – NYFL);
  • the Eastern Guruma People (represented by Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd);
  • the Njamal and ICRG Joint Venture; and
  • the Guma and ICRG Joint Venture.

Benefits to the Indigenous community:

  • Opportunity to gain experience with an experienced industry partner
  • Increased capability for future civil and mining projects
  • Increased employment through direct employment for experienced workers
  • Increased employment through subcontracts for local businesses
  • Access to traineeships and development programs for inexperienced workers
  • Capacity for Indigenous Australians to work on own traditional lands
  • Capacity to purchase equipment for future projects, increasing future revenue
  • Build Business support processes and systems