Jawun began working with the Indigenous community in Redfern in 2010, and in 2012 broadened its boundaries to include La Perouse.
One of the most well-known Aboriginal meeting places in Australia, Redfern is a hub for many strong Indigenous organisations, businesses and institutions, all with a common goal to support the local community and drive social reform through provision of essential services, family support and mentoring, and generating employment and economic development opportunities. Located in urban Sydney, Redfern is ideally situated to receive support from corporate Australia and bring about positive change for the community.
La Perouse (known as ‘La Pa’ to locals) is located in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs 14 kilometres from Redfern. La Perouse, home to the Bidjigal people, was the first point of contact for European settlers at Botany Bay. The main challenges for La Perouse are location, with limited public transport to the area, and a lack of key community services. The community refers to it as ‘urban remoteness’. La Perouse is also a place of potential tourism and business opportunities for the local community to tap into.
According to the ABS Census:
- 208,374 people live in the City of Sydney Local Government Area, of which 1.3% identified as Indigenous (2016)
- The median age of Indigenous people is 30 years compared to 33 years for the non-Indigenous population (2016)
- 46% of Indigenous 20–24 year olds complete Year 12 or equivalent compared to 74% for the non-Indigenous population (2016)
- 45% of the Indigenous workforce-age population are employed compared to 75% for the non-Indigenous population (2011 – 2016 disaggregated data not yet available)