Christine Coyne is a Bibulmun Noongar woman originating from Gnowangerup in WA, whose family ties are connected to the Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar regions. As a direct descendant of two major Noongar families, her connection within the Noongar community is extensive throughout Noongar nation. She is a well-respected member of the Noongar community and has a direct association with many Noongar Elders. Her network within the Aboriginal community extends beyond Noongar country, to throughout WA and Nationally. Christine has worked extensively with Aboriginal people throughout the country; this includes Aboriginal people who are city based as well as those from remote and regional locations. She has an extensive knowledge of the differences that apply between contemporary and traditional Aboriginal communities and groups.
She is an experienced Aboriginal Cultural Awareness presenter with over 26 years’ experience in training delivery. She developed and facilitated the very first Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training program for the Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCIWA) in the early 1990’s. Christine has since delivered and written a number of Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Workshops, Training Programs, Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Manuals and Facilitator Guides. She has also been involved in the training of other Aboriginal Facilitators. Christine currently delivers Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and other training programs to a large number of private sector companies and government departments.
This includes (but not limited too):
Generic CAT – designed for bulk workforce.
HR/Recruitment CAT – designed for HR & Recruitment personnel.
Supervisor CAT – designed for supervisors of Indigenous employees.
Leaders CAT – designed for the Executive and Senior Management Teams.
Cultural Immersion – “on-country” Immersion – tailored for individual work teams.
Balancing both Worlds – designed specifically for ATSI employees to enhance their understanding of the business environment and how to balance both their cultural obligations and responsibilities as an employee of the company.
Christine is a member of the recently established Noongar Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NCCI -WA) a member of Supply Nation, the Aboriginal Business Directory WA and the ICN Gateway. As a Noongar person she is familiar with the many (Noongar) business owners as well as other Aboriginal businesses outside of Noongar country. Throughout the course of her own work, she has worked jointly or in association with many of these Aboriginal businesses. As an Aboriginal person she is able to understand the barriers that many Aboriginal people face within industry and the broader community and is able to communicate in a culturally appropriate manner. She has an in-depth knowledge, and understands the different learning styles that apply to Aboriginal people in a contemporary environment.
Prior to establishing her own business in 2013, Christine Coyne has managed a range of Aboriginal Employment Projects. During this time
Christine has been involved in the development of company specific Aboriginal Participation Strategies, Aboriginal Participation Tender submissions and the Tender review process. Christine delivered outstanding results whilst working on one of the largest LNG construction projects undertaken in Western Australia, the Woodside Pluto LNG Project (as Aboriginal Participation Manager – EPCM), where the Aboriginal employment targets established for the project were exceeded during a period of severe labour shortage. The Indigenous Business Contracting targets were also exceeded, with over14 Indigenous businesses being contracted over the duration of the project.
Her experience covers both the private and public sectors providing her with a unique insight into Aboriginal Affairs and politics. She has demonstrated a capability to not only develop Aboriginal Employment Strategies at a National, State and Regional level but also to manage the implementation to deliver sustainable outcomes. Christine’s expertise, experience and skills are unique within the construction industry. Throughout her employment history she has developed extensive networks within industry and government.