The Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland (ILAQ) is a professional representative body doing incredible work for the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the legal industry, both in Queensland and elsewhere. To help ILAQ achieve its objective of increasing access to legal education, BN is assisting with financial support for Practice Management course fees for a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander solicitors. This is an initiative we are extremely proud to recognise and support as a firm. Find out more about ILAQ here.
BN is thrilled to be a partner of the Junior Indigenous Marine and Environmental Cadets Program (JIME) since 2019. Through our partnership, BN helps to raise awareness and funds through events, staff giving initiatives and in-kind donations. We are proud to be a major supporter of JIME and we’re excited to be part of the journey for Indigenous Australian students.
A grassroots charity, JIME offers a diversified and alternative education program to Indigenous students in Australia. Its primary goal is to break the cycle of dependency by educating students about long-term sustainability to preserve and protect their local waterways through cadetships. Through these cadetships, students gain valuable experience, often translating into a job after graduation.
The program offers a combined educational offering of secondary and tertiary education, as well as industry placement with JIME, covering cadets’ weekly salaries throughout years 11 and 12. To be eligible for the program, students are required to maintain a 90% school attendance rate.
This year, they have expanded to create opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged students in Sydney, including a boat building and marine engineering course.
JIME were named winners of the 2020 Far North Queensland Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (Regional) and as a runner up in the 2020 Queensland Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (State).
Find out more about this exciting program at jimecadets.com.au.