ARA Indigenous Services features in the Close the Gap Prime Minister's Report 2018
ARA Indigenous Services appears in the Prime Minister's Closing the Gap report 2018, tabled today in parliament. Having attended the National Indigenous Business Trade Fair last year, ARA Indigenous Services/CMC was given the opportunity to showcase to government procurement officials. We appear on page 96 of the report. https://closingthegap.pmc.gov.au Our General Manager Suzanne Grech with Managing Director Michael O'Loughlin

Recruitment drive a success
Indigenous Engagement Officer Michael Grech has had a busy start to the year recruiting for roles with the ARA Group. Michael has successfully placed seven candidates in cleaning and technical roles this year. Using his links with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Michael has recruited five candidates for a cleaning role at ARA Property Services, and an electrical fire and sprinkler fitter apprenticeship for the ARA Fire Services division. Michael says that he has been working hard to further enhance and establish links with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

New website to be launched next month - ARA Indigenous Services/CMC
In May 2017, CMC Indigenous Services merged with the ARA Group, and ARA Indigenous Services/CMC was born. We have been busy rebranding and are excited to showcase our new website next month. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of our new website and branding.

Indigenous Engagement Officer joins the team
Michael Grech has joined the ARA Indigenous/CMC team as our Indigenous Engagement Officer. A proud Wiradjuri descendant from the Dubbo/Wellington area, Michael comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in dealing with cultural diversity and recruitment. Michael’s background in Health and Safety and the Building and Maintenance Industries will assist him in recruiting staff for the varying ARA divisions; Property Services, Security, Electrical, Mechanical, Fire, Building and Products. In his role as Indigenous Engagement Officer, Michael will draw on his life and work experience to recruit,...

New branding for ARA Indigenous Services/CMC on its way
As of May this year, CMC Indigenous Services merged with the ARA Group, and ARA Indigenous Services was born. We are in the process of preparing new branding for ARA Indigenous Services/CMC and are excited to showcase our new look in the next few months. In the meantime, here is a behind-the-scene pic from a recent photoshoot with our new branding.  

Learning the ropes
A group of five staff have embarked on their certificate three in Cleaning and Warehousing Operations. Having completed certificate two, the staff are now working through certificate three of training. The training is provided as part of our Pathways Lifeskills Program, where we have committed to up-skilling our staff in administrative and cleaning relating skills. Earlier this year, we partnered with training solution provider, Learning Sphere to help accelerate our Pathways Lifeskills Program. With the assistance of Learning Sphere, selected staff undergo Certificates 2 and 3....

Today is thank your cleaner day
Every day, tens of thousands of skilled, hard working cleaning staff are onsite making sure premises are clean and ready to go for business. Today is thank your cleaner day, recognising the hard work cleaners do every day. Join us in taking the opportunity to thank the cleaners who are looking after your premises. Let them know you recognise and value their work. We all like to feel valued and appreciated.

A clip from the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Supply Nation Indigenous Business Trade Fair in Canberra yesterday featuring our Managing Director Michael O'Loughlin. https://youtu.be/apjiU21QiG4 For more information, visit: https://www.pmc.gov.au/news-centre/indigenous-affairs/supply-nation-brings-indigenous-businesses-and-government-together

Indigenous Business Trade Fair in Canberra today
We are exhibiting at the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Supply Nation Indigenous Business Trade Fair in Canberra today. Our Managing Director Michael and General Manager Suzanne are on hand to meet attendees at the fair. About 100 businesses are on show exhibiting their services with a workshop on tender writing taking place in the afternoon.    

Fashions on the Footy Field-CMC supports Very Special Kids
CMC staff supported charity partner Very Special Kids (VSK) at its annual Footy Fever Debate this morning held at the MCG. A key fundraising event for VSK, this years’ Footy Fever Debate saw Brian Taylor, Lawrence Mooney, Cameron Ling and Tom Browne engage in a fun and fiery debate over fashion on the footy field – were the 80s or 90s better? Mullets and moustaches went head to head with arm tattoos and man buns with the audience left in fits of laughter. The goal of the morning was for Very Special Kids to raise more than $200,000 for children with life threatening conditions. Very...

CMC passes quality management systems audit
CMC has received the tick of approval for this year’s annual surveillance audit of its quality management systems. The audit, includes a detailed review of CMC’s Quality, Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Management systems. This year saw CMC also undertake an expansion of standards to ISO9001: 2015 and ISO14001: 2015. A surveillance audit is done annually with a recertification of all systems done every three years.  CMC’s EHS Compliance Manager Rola Abouassi said the rigorous audit looked at CMC’s operational processes from a holistic point of view to ensure they meet...

CMC support local club to run Indigenous Round
CMC Indigenous Services has thrown its full support behind the Torrens Valley Football Club (TVFC) in sponsoring its Indigenous Round and jumpers. The jumpers designed by the Burgoyne family, were sold to players to raise funds for the TVFC Junior Footy Development Fund and the Aboriginal Education Program in Salisbury. The Indigenous Round games on Saturday in Adelaide were kicked off with a traditional smoking ceremony by Major “Uncle Moogy” Sumner to ward off evil spirits and cleanse. A total of five games were played against the Hahndorf Football Club with one of the largest crowds...

New location of our Sydney office
Our Sydney office has moved to a bigger and better location.   We are now located at: ARA Group Level 2, 10 Bridge Road, Stanmore NSW 2048   Contact us on 1300 889 210.

CMC partner Australia Post launches STRETCH RAP
Earlier this week CMC attended the official launch of Australia Post’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 2017-2020. A client partner of CMC, Australia Post is now into the stretch phase of its RAP and showcased their progress and the goals that have been set for the next three years. CMC’s National Indigenous Engagement Manager Leon Egan said that CMC has worked closely with Australia Post to not only further a commercial partnership, but also a partnership in which both organisations can make change to the community. “Together with Australia Post, we are committed to growing our...

CMC celebrates opening of Wurundjeri Heritage Trail
Today CMC staff attended the offical opening of Boroondara City Council's Wurundjeri Hertiage Trail in Chandler Park in Melbourne. The trail created in collaboration with the Wurundjeri Council provides visitors with a deeper understanding of the language, culture and contemporary aspirations of the Wurundjeri community.  At the opening, guests were treated to a traditional smoking ceremony, an educational about the Wurundjeri language and culture, painting and guided walks. The opening coincided with Naidoc Week which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and...

National Reconciliation Week morning tea at CMC
Staff at CMC’s head office in Melbourne were treated to a morning tea and an insight into the significance of National Reconciliation Week (NRW) today. CMC’s National Indigenous Engagement Manager, Leon Egan gave the team an understanding of the importance of NRW to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all Australian people. Leon highlighted to the team that this year marks the 50th year anniversary of the 1967 referendum. The referendum altered the Australian constitution where 90% of Australians voted to give the Commonwealth power to make laws for Aboriginal and...

National Indigenous Engagement Manager joins CMC
Leon Egan has joined the CMC team this month as our new National Indigenous Engagement Manager. He has come across from the AFL environment with a wealth of experience and knowledge in Indigenous cultural awareness education training as well as Indigenous employment. Leon says his role at CMC will provide him with an opportunity towards playing a role in supporting positive cultural change for all. “My aim is to be able to influence opportunities with Indigenous employment outcomes and also furthering the understanding of Indigenous Australia within our business, partners and...

National Sorry Day 2017
Today is National Sorry Day and this year marks the 20th anniversary since the handing down of the Bringing Them Home Report. National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance to remind and raise awareness about the significance of the Stolen Generations, and the impact this had and continues to have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The first Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998, a year after the Bringing Them Home Report was presented to Parliament. The report resulted from an inquiry into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, and...

Leadership Team planning
CMC’s Leadership Team is at a two-day future planning workshop in Victoria. Steered by an independent facilitator, this year’s workshop has focused on the merger of CMC Property Services and CMC Indigenous Services with the ARA Group. With stronger capability and coverage and an extended service offering, the team looked at the status of its Strategic Plan and where the group is heading in the near future.

CMC Indigenous Services will be at the Long Walk this Saturday
Come and see us at the Long Walk, We Walk Together, free community event at Federation Square in Melbourne this Saturday from 1pm. Our friendly staff will be on hand to meet guests of the event. Find us at the CMC Indigenous Services marquee. There will be a flag raising ceremony followed by performances from Casey Donovan, Jayden Reid and the Soul Singers. The day also includes arts and crafts activities aswell as sporting and cultural activations followed by the traditional walk to the MCG. For more information on the event, visit The Long Walk 2017 event