Four South Australian Museum employees awarded

28 November 2018

Clusters forum

Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Cluster Forum 2018 

The hard work and dedication of four Aboriginal South Australian Museum employees has today been recognised at the Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Cluster Forum 2018 held at the South Australian Museum.

The Chief Ambassador of the program his Excellency, the Governor of South Australia, Hieu Van Le presented an Employee Excellence Award to the following Museum staff members: Lea Gardham, Archives Collection Manager and as a team Jade Turner and Jacinta Koolmatrie Indigenous Pathways Cadets and Rebecca Richards, Early Career Researcher Humanities and World Cultures.

The Clusters Program was established in 2010, contributing to the achievement of national and state employment and training targets for Aboriginal South Australians.

Director of the South Australian Museum Brian Oldman said it’s important that Aboriginal employees have opportunities to identify, pursue and reach their career aspirations.

“I’m thrilled that Lea, Jade, Jacinta and Rebecca have been rewarded for their efforts. They are all a fantastic asset to the Museum and it’s great to see their contribution to the Museum and community being recognised amongst their peers,” Mr Oldman said.

“The Clusters Program is a fantastic initiative - not only does it prepare and connect Aboriginal people to employment opportunities, it increases cultural competency, supports Aboriginal people and helps to build community connections,” he said.

The Clusters Program aims to increase the number of Aboriginal people employed and retained in identified industries. To date, the program has supported over 1180 Aboriginal people into employment.

The program represents 10 industries including defence, arts and culture, community service and the SA public sector.

The Department of Industry and Skills on behalf of the Governor of South Australia manages the program, providing strategic leadership, project and administrative support.


For more information contact:

Ashleigh Glynn, Communications Officer, South Australian Museum

0466 389 019 |