Community and Employment

The Ninti group of companies has been committed to building opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people living in remote Australia, through research, innovation and engagement since 2003.

We have built understanding about Aboriginal employment through our management of over 100 projects, valued at over $250 million.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP)

The CRC-REP was a $120 million seven-year research program that addressed social, economic, health and education disadvantage in remote Australia, particularly the impact of economic exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It ran from 2010 to 2017. The focus of CRC‑REP research was delivering solutions to the economic challenges that affect remote Australia and developing new ways to build resilience and strengthen regional and remote communities and economies. The CRC-REP research had a strong emphasis on enterprise development, improving education and training pathways in remote areas and increasing the economic participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (DKCRC)

The DKCRC was a $70 million seven-year research program that addressed sustainable livelihoods for all people living in the desert region of Australia. It ran from 2003 to 2010. The research was based on strengthening resilience and opportunities for remote desert communities, centred on environmentally and socially appropriate natural resource and service enterprises. Unique desert knowledge was researched that enables thriving and self-sufficient regional desert economies and increased social capital of desert people, their communities and service agencies.

Stronger Communities for Children (SCfC)

SCfC is a place-based community development program that aims to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people the best possible start in life. It does this through safer families and communities, nurturing educational environments, positive participation opportunities and cultural events that help young people to grow up strong, healthy and confident. The project approach has been to ensure that local communities have a real say in local decision-making, including what services they need and how they are delivered.

SCfC began in June 2013 with five communities, and in June 2015 five new communities were added to the program. SCfC is one of a range of measures funded by the Australian Government that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Grant Reviews – National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)

NIAA contracts Ninti to undertake reviews of IAS projects in a number of regions across Australia. Each strength-based review involves reviewing up to 15 grant-funded activities in an identified target sub-region, with the aim of informing NIAA about improvements in grant management practices and to better understand place-based outcomes and impacts achieved through the IAS. In 2018–19 Ninti reviewed 58 IAS activities across five regions in WA, SA and the NT.