ALPA is a major source of employment for its Arnhem Land communities. We are one of the largest financially independent Indigenous employers in Australia. This is the same for the ‘Consultancy Stores” or managed stores in the group. Stores offer real jobs in an environment where there are few. It is a prerequisite of ALPA managing a store that the community wants to have active participation in the operation of their store at all levels.
Across the ALPA group we employ more than 350 Indigenous people, and make employment of local Indigenous people a priority.
ALPA wages are one of the few sources of independent income in communities. Last financial year, over $5 million in wages alone was paid to staff in communities.
ALPA staff enjoy above award conditions, and are wholly employed by the store with wages being an operational cost. In addition to this, we may employ some people under the CDEP program over and above operational requirements, providing training and enabling people to take up new positions in our stores as they become available.