Following on from HUGE success at the Lismore Business Awards where we won Outstanding Employer of Choice, NJ is has gained entry to 2019 NORTHERN RIVERS BUSINESS AWARDS!


IT was a night to remember for the team at Ngunya Jarjum, which took out the Lismore Business Award for Outstanding Employer of Choice. Ngunya Jarjum is the leading Aboriginal child and family service on Bundjalung country providing a range of social and support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families from Grafton to the Queensland border.

“Ngunya Jarjum is so proud to have been acknowledged by the Lismore Chamber of Commerce as Employer of Choice in the Lismore local government area,” CEO Wendy Knight said.

The organisation is committed to Aboriginal families – to remain forever connected to children and young people being raised by their families and communities to grow strong in culture, belonging and identity, with every opportunity to thrive for lifelong well-being. “I am proud to be working alongside such a dedicated team of social service professionals as a part of Ngunya Jarjum’s support to community and country,” Ms Knight said.

“The team, as a whole, allow our agency to deliver really positive outcomes to our community. Ngunya Jarjum is the single largest employer of local Aboriginal people on the Far North Coast. “It is because of what we stand for and what we achieve for children and their families that makes us an employer of choice,” Ms Knight said. “The staff of Ngunya Jarjum are a very united group of people who are committed to our values of ensuring children remain connected to their families as their highest priority.” The team was thrilled to be named as the Outstanding Employer of Choice, and they put it down to their teamwork and strong commitment to being an agency that develops professional careers in the social services sector.

For staff, Ngunya Jarjum offers a wide range of ongoing learning and development opportunities so they can continue to develop as leaders within the wider social services sector. Currently, Ngunya Jarjum employs 37 full time staff and a number of casual staff who support more than 100 families across Bundjalung country. Since 1995, Ngunya Jarjum has achieved great outcomes; 24 years ago, community elders made the decision to establish a single Aboriginal child and family network on country. “This is not just a workplace; it’s a community,” Ms Knight said.

“Aboriginal culture is built first and foremost through identity and belonging. “When staff come to work each day, they come as a part of culture and community. “I am so proud to receive this award from the Lismore Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Ngunya Jarjum Board, staff and wider Aboriginal community.”


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