African-Australian Inclusion Program

Mr PEARSON – The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has uncovered some appalling actions and behaviours by some of our big banks. It is certainly not easy to be working in banking at the moment, but I did want to single out the NAB for their good work in working with the African-Australian community through their ongoing support and involvement with the African-Australian inclusion program. This program is a joint initiative with Jesuit Social Services, and its outcomes have been nothing short of spectacular. There have been more than 340 participants, more than 80 per cent of whom have found ongoing employment after their completion of the program and 50 per cent of whom are still with NAB. I do want to personally thank the CEO of NAB, Andrew Thorburn, for his leadership and support for this program, including attending graduation ceremonies in the past. His strong support has ensured that hundreds of African Australians have been given a go. Well done, Andrew.