Indigenous engagement at ConocoPhillips Australia

The Darwin region is home to about 2,000 Larrakia people. The Larrakia people are the Traditional Custodians of the Darwin region - across all areas of the business, we place a top priority on recognising, respecting and integrating Larrakia culture.

The Larrakia have a special connection to the saltwater, which they believe provide strength and health. A Larrakia person can welcome visitors by inviting them into the saltwater and washing down their face or arms. This leaves their smell and sweat in the water, meaning the country and ancestors of the Larrakia are aware of the presence of visitors.

Darwin LNG has an agreement with the Larrakia people that includes commitments and aspirations across cultural recognition and activities, contracting and business opportunities and employment and training. We work with Larrakia family representatives to provide us with guidance and feedback on a range of activities concerning each of the Larrakia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement.

We have a proud track record of working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the Northern Territory by continuing to identify employment and capacity building opportunities through the many different entry pathways into our Operations. These include technical plant operators, apprentices, warehouse and logistics, asset integrity and various business professional positions.

Read more about ConocoPhillips Australia’s engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Darwin.

Celebrations are held across Australia each July to mark the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – this week is known as NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginals and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s, which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

ConocoPhillips Australia acknowledges NAIDOC Week with morning teas in our three locations in the Northern Territory catered by a local business who use native Australian products with a modern twist.

It’s an exciting time for Indigenous engagement activities in the Northern Territory, with cross-cultural awareness training taking place, Larrakia artwork arriving across office locations and meeting rooms being given Larrakia names. Street names at Darwin LNG are also being replaced with Larrakia words for flora and fauna around the Top End.

Our support of the National Indigenous Music Awards continues - a national event that found its roots in Darwin and continues to be the night of nights in Indigenous music, while our partnership with Charles Darwin University to create Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Traineeships has yielded strong outcomes.

We seize opportunities to reflect and integrate Larrakia culture across key programs in the Northern Territory including the NT City2Surf, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Clontarf Foundation and industry conferences.