Yingwati is passionate about building the competencies of Aboriginal people and their families for inter-generational change by empowering them and their communities through employment to train.

‘Job Fit’

YINGWATI  Pty Ltd definition of being “Job Fit” is a worker who is physically, mentally and spiritually fit to meet our internal policies and procedures to enable us to comply to Northern Territory and Australian Governments legislative requirements whilst also building a competent workforce.

‘Job Ready’

YINGWATI Pty Ltd definition of being “Job Ready” is a worker who has undergone competency relevant training and has the capacity and capability to perform the duties required.

Breaking the Poverty & Dependence Cycle

Our ‘Job Fit and Job Ready’program is our point-of-difference. The program has been successfully vertically integrated into our Business and Operational Plan to meet a single vision of “Breaking the Poverty and Dependence Cycle” of Aboriginal people and their communities in which they live in.

Whilst this program has received limited financial support from the NT Government, YINGWATI will continue to invest a considerable portion of its budget into this program on each Contract awarded, as a show of our commitment.

YINGWATI strongly believes our program can be applied to other industries, specifically in the Housing Sector. That is one reason why YINGWATI’s preference is to team up with a number of local competent builders who share our vision, values and beliefs.

Job Fit – Job Ready Program

Combining the right balance of being ‘Job Fit and Job Ready’ is the secret to our business success. It also enables us to fulfill the Northern Territory and Australian Governments legislative contractual requirements whilst  building a competent local Civil and Construction workforce.


Showcasing Our Long-Term Employee Success Stories

Yearly Head Count Calculations

Since 2018, on average, Yingwati consistently achieved greater than 50% Local and Non-Local Aboriginal engagement on every project completed.
For five consecutive years Yingwati achieved an actual headcount of >50%.

Combined Aboriginal & Non-Aboriginal head count (Orange= Aboriginal Head Count)


58% Aboriginal – 42% Non-Aboriginal


63% Aboriginal – 37% Non-Aboriginal


68% Aboriginal – 32% Non-Aboriginal


56% Aboriginal – 44% Non-Aboriginal


75% Aboriginal – 25% Non-Aboriginal


87.5% Aboriginal – 12.5% Non-Aboriginal

New Recruits

Lassarina Ford

Yingwati Pty Ltd would like to welcome Ms Lassarina Ford, Yingwati’s first Aboriginal female Civil Operator. Ms Ford is a proud Jawoyn woman and is currently working with our team on the new road alignment to Kambolgie Creek Bridge in Kakadu National Park. We would like to thank Advance Civil Pty Ltd (NT) as the Principle Contractor for continuous support in obtaining our services to employ local Aboriginal people.

Wilton Huddleston

Aboriginal employee Wilton (affectionately known as Willie) Huddleston born and bred in the Katherine Region, Northern Territory. Mr Huddleston is a family man with three children and is married to a school teacher at Urapunga.

Willie first commenced work with YINGWATI in June 2016. Willie has been recognised as being a model employee and is a shining example and one of many Aboriginal employees who has benefited by the YINGWATI’s “Job Fit- Job Ready” Program.

Willie has worked on several projects with YINGWATI, whilst improving his competency skills and knowledge whilst undertaking formal studies in Civil Construction. In less than three short years, whilst working on the NGUKURR New Sub division Project he completed his Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations.

YINGWATI Directors and senior Management team would like to congratulate Willie on this significant accomplishment.

In the near future, Willie armed with the competency skills and qualifications he has gained whilst working with YINGWATI, would like to give back to his Urapunga community, by being involved in the set-up of a Tourist Caravan Park which will lead to potential tourism opportunities on his country.

As a testament of his consistent employment history and hard work with YINGWATI, Willie was recently able to purchase a family motor vehicle on his own financial merits.