Kakadu Tourism is an enterprise focused on positive indigenous outcomes, particularly for the Bininj people of Kakadu National Park. It is owned by the traditional owners of Kakadu. Principle stakeholders include the Federal Governments Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), the traditional owners are represented through Kakadu Tourism and the facilities are managed and staffed by Accor Hotel Group.
As part of the charter for the operation of Kakadu Tourism, an Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) is in place to create opportunities for local Bininj to train and interact with the tourism industry.
Part of Kakadu National Parks charter is to only develop tourism at a pace that is comfortable and set by the traditional owners of Kakadu.
So, what are we doing?
Kakadu Tourism has dedicated resources for the success of the IEP, which includes its own program coordinator and a progressive program that caters for the individual needs of the trainees.
The program has been supported and co-developed by Charles Darwin University and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
The IEP trainees are encouraged to reach their potential and some are selected to undergo further training to reach leadership roles within Kakadu Tourism.