Commonwealth Bank Recruiting Indigenous Trainees for School Based Traineeship Program

Sydney, 16 September 2009: The Commonwealth Bank is now recruiting the next round of trainees for its Indigenous School Based Traineeship program, aiming to have 60 new trainees in place by December, adding to the 51 trainees currently working within the Group.

The Commonwealth Bank has been offering traineeships since 2003, initially providing traineeship positions to Year 11 and Year 12 students throughout Commonwealth Bank branches in New South Wales. In 2007, the Group extended this to Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia, and this year traineeships will also commence in South Australia.

Commonwealth Bank Executive General Manager, Community, Reputation & Sponsorship, Ms Tristan Wills, said the Commonwealth Bank was committed to creating opportunities for Indigenous students to develop their skills and build a career in the financial services industry.

“These traineeships offer Indigenous students the opportunity to work in different areas of our organisation, gaining valuable workplace skills and building relationships and confidence,” Ms Wills said.

She said that while the majority of the traineeships were offered in the Group’s branch network, the program had been expanded to include other areas of the Commonwealth Bank, such as Business and Private Banking and Enterprise Services.

“We are committed to ensuring Indigenous employees have the opportunity to gain experience in as many areas of the Group as possible,” Ms Wills said.

The Commonwealth Bank partners with the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES), GTES Group Training and AFL Sports Ready to provide the traineeships.

The Commonwealth Bank also recently appointed an Indigenous Employment Manager, Mr Phil Lockyer, to develop and implement the Group’s overarching Indigenous Employment Strategy, which will be launched later this year.

The Indigenous Employment Strategy forms part of the Commonwealth Bank’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The Group’s RAP is a formalised commitment to Indigenous Australians which was launched in July, 2008. Through its RAP, the Commonwealth Bank Group aims to support the development of skills in Indigenous communities.

For further information on Indigenous School Based Traineeships:

  • in New South Wales (excluding the Riverina region), Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory, please visit the Aboriginal Employment Strategy’s website,;
  • in the New South Wales Riverina region, please visit or phone 1300 881 279; and
  • in South Australia, please visit or phone 08 8354 1116.


For more information contact:

Holly Williams

Commonwealth Bank

(02) 9378 7130