Jesuit Social Services


African Australian Inclusion Program

The African Australian Inclusion Program is a professional program for qualified African- Australians providing 6 months paid experience at NAB. The program is a joint initiative of Jesuit Social Services and NAB. The need for the program was identified by the African-Australian community who noted that lack of local experience in the Australian business sector was a significant barrier to employment for qualified African-Australians. The joint response of the collaborating organisations has been well documented and praised by many areas of the broader community.

The program aims to provide commercial experience and learning opportunities for participants, including enhancing their business networks. Program participants are provided with a NAB workplace coach and mentor throughout their placement. Participants are also provided with comprehensive job search support including interview techniques and resume writing during the later part of their work placement.

In 2012 NAB and Jesuit Social Services undertook an impact study to measure the social value created by participating in the AAIP. The SROI methodology was used and work was completed by the consultancy, Netbalance. The analysis identified changes experienced by key stakeholders (program participants, their families, NAB teams involved) based on their involvement in the program. The findings quantified that for every dollar invested on the AAIP, stakeholders received the equivalent $4.64 in social value.

AAIP Stats

• 160 people have been placed on the program since 2009
• 137 participants have completed the program
• 23 participants are in the current round
• 87% have found employment at the end of their 6 months placement


The AAIP has been recognised with 5 external awards:
1. Diversity@Work 2010
2. Melbourne Awards 2011
3. AHRI Diversity Award 2012
4. VACA Award 2013
5. VACA Award 2014

Lack of work experience in the Australian workforce is the single largest barrier for qualified African-Australians to get jobs, despite excellent qualifications and language skills. When the barrier to employment is broken down, working African-Australians have the opportunity to become role models for younger African-Australians, who in turn are then motivated to stay in school and become qualified themselves.

For more information please contact Jesuit Social Services on 03 9421 7600 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

African Australian Inclusion Program news links 

Helping Refugees to the next level (The Age - January 14, 2013)

Refugees work pays off 
 (Melbourne Leader - July 30, 2012)

African-Australian Inclusion Program wins Melbourne Award!