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Coles employs record number of Indigenous team members in 12 months


Coles achieved a new milestone in 2016-17 when it employed more Indigenous team members than in any previous 12 month period by recruiting over 1393 Indigenous people across Australia.

Kununurra is one of several locations across Australia where Coles has dramatically increased its employment of Indigenous team members, and Store Manager Graham Bannister was named the winner of Wesfarmers' prestigious Reconciliation Action Award last year for his role in helping to increase Indigenous employment at the local supermarket by 400 per cent.

“We believe it is important to have a team at Kununurra which is representative of the community we serve and we are delighted to welcome so many new Indigenous team members at the store. We previously had four Indigenous team members in the team so it's great to have recruited 35 over the past 18 months," Graham said.

Joining the Kununurra store team in a leadership position last year was Vivian Williams who left a career in hospitality to join Coles seven years ago after graduating from Coles’ First Steps retail training program in Cairns.

Vivian is Deli Manager at Kununurra and is one of 160 Indigenous team members in a leadership role at Coles across Australia.

Other stores to recruit large numbers of Indigenous team members during the year were:

  • Broome in WA where 20 Indigenous team members were employed;
  • Casuarina in Northern Territory where 16 Indigenous team members were employed;
  • Redbank Plains, Queensland where 12 Indigenous team members were employed; and
  • Tamworth South (11) and Mt Isa (10) stores in Queensland, Coolalinga (11) and Alice Springs (15) in the Northern Territory, Glenorchy (10) in Tasmania and Karratha (11) in WA.