Culturally aware recruiters are key to improving Aboriginal participation rates and Waradiny is leading the way in this emerging sector. The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the labour force has increased by almost 30% over the past 10 years. Whilst these figures are encouraging to see, the ABS still reports a significant gap between employment rates for Aboriginal versus non-Aboriginal people. The encouraging news is that a new crop of recruitment agencies, led in WA by Vanessa Kickett from Waradiny Executive Aboriginal Recruitment, now provide a viable alternative to the old way of doing business. Research shows that non-traditional recruitment agencies like Waradiny, who can provide clients with culturally-safe recruitment practices – including ongoing employee mentoring and support – are prominent drivers to change. Even better, with the launch of the Waradiny jobs board, Vanessa has combined her traditional cultural knowledge with modern high tech. The Jobs Board allows employers to log-in and post new jobs directly to the Waradiny recruitment base, which includes some of the most talented, highly skilled Aboriginal candidates in WA. In addition to the Waradiny online portal, Vanessa’s deep connection to country and culture allows Waradiny clients to feel safe throughout the job placement process.