Corporate Culcha & The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

Company: Corporate Culcha
Supply Nation Certified supplier since 2010
Client: The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
Supply Nation member since 2010
Project/Contract: Mentor and training services

“The project contract has given us the opportunity to employ another eight permanent staff - five of those Indigenous - whilst also allowing us to procure services from other Indigenous businesses, in particular Carbon Media, who is also a Supply Nation Certified supplier.”
Paul Dodd, CEO, Corporate Culcha

Corporate Culcha was established in 2008 to assist Indigenous organisations, small business and industry to build and develop sustainable Indigenous workforces. The company’s long-term strategy is to design, deliver and evaluate training programs for a diverse range of clients. This includes some of Australia’s largest corporate entities, government departments and non-government organisations. Corporate Culcha works collaboratively with its clients to develop culturally competent strategies to engage recruit and retain Indigenous talent. 

The Client

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) exists to support the Government to deliver on a broad range of social policy outcomes. It also works in partnership with non-government organisations managing a diverse range of programs and services designed to support and improve the lives of Australians, including Indigenous people.

The Opportunity

In 2010, Corporate Culcha responded to an Expression of Interest from FaHCSIA to provide mentor training and support services in the regions where Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) services are delivered. The CDEP Mentors Support Service aims to build the capacity of Mentors and Community Development Officers (CDOs) employed by CDEP providers, allowing them to more effectively deliver services to CDEP participants. Given the differing levels of capability amongst the CDEP Mentors and CDOs, the challenge for the successful tenderer was to work with CDEP providers to develop and deliver a flexible, regionally targeted training, mentoring and education strategy for CDEP Mentors and CDOs.

The Outcome

Since work on this 18-month program began in March 2011, Corporate Culcha has delivered a number of key milestones in a timely and effective manner. In the first three month period, the organisation delivered 27 Indigenous Mentoring training workshops - both accredited (5 days) and non-accredited (3 days) - to 27 sites across Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.

The Corporate Culcha CDEP team is now concentrating on supplying support services to all CDOs and Mentors in these areas - with a focus on support and retention. The next round of Mentoring training is due to take place early in 2012. To enhance its ability to support the mentors and CDOs, Corporate Culcha established an on-line peer support portal called the ‘Mentor and CDOs Online Toolkit’.  The portal provides mentors, CDOs and providers with a holistic, ‘real time’ support service that is not disadvantaged by geography.

How Supply Nation was able to help

Since gaining certification in 2009, Corporate Culcha has enjoyed exposure to a wide range of organisations through its association with Supply Nation. This has included the Connect 2010 Business Opportunity Fair/Tradeswhow and Meet the Buyers events - where the company has converted many connections into sales.  Thanks to Supply Nation, Corporate Culcha was also able to develop a joint venture partnership with a leading US firm specialising in cross-cultural competence in business.