Darwin LNG, KAEFER launches Aboriginal training and jobs program in the NT

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Santos-operated Darwin LNG and KAEFER Integrated Services will establish a multimillion-dollar training and employment program in Darwin starting in 2024 to create skilled, secure jobs for Aboriginal Territorians.

The Darwin LNG joint venture will provide $3 million to KAEFER for a new Aboriginal jobs program at KAEFER sites and Darwin LNG. KAEFER is a valued partner providing scaffolding, mechanical, and fabric maintenance services for the Darwin LNG plant. The facility, which was launched 20 years ago, is being readied for 20 years to prepare for Barossa gas production in 2025.

Darwin LNG and KAEFER will provide recruitment and mentoring services for the new Aboriginal jobs program, aiming to overcome social, economic, and other barriers Aboriginal individuals face.

The support will encompass recruitment, financial management, and other services to aid in training and workforce success.


The program will provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to be trained by KAEFER in areas such as:

  • Tertiary mechanical engineering and human resources
  • Trade apprenticeships in welding, boiler making, painting and blasting
  • Certificate III Basic Scaffolding Cadetships
  • Certificate III Admin/HSE
  • Certificate IV Accounting/Book-keeping
  • Certificate IV HSE Adviser Traineeships

KAEFER and Darwin LNG are set to offer continuous employment opportunities to program participants at their respective worksites.

Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher said the Darwin LNG, which has been a vital part of the Territory’s economy for 20 years, will be revitalised with new gas supply from the Barossa Gas Project, ensuring its continued operation for another 20 years.

“Santos and the Darwin LNG joint venture partners are committed to real action to help close the gap on Aboriginal disadvantage in the Northern Territory. Training, education and good jobs are a universal foundation for human flourishing. They are the building blocks for individual social and economic empowerment, and just as importantly, for stronger, more resilient families and communities,” Gallagher stated.

KAEFER Chief Operating Officer Trent Northover commented, “KAEFER is committed to investing in our people – from grassroots level through to long-term employees. We are very thankful for the opportunity to work alongside Santos and Darwin LNG on this program, which strongly aligns with our Reconciliation Action Plan commitments. This program will provide Aboriginal Territorians with structured pathways that will lead to meaningful, sustainable employment. Our established facilities, long-term presence in Darwin and close working relationship with Santos and Darwin LNG will provide the ideal platform for this.”

The four-year program is anticipated to begin with ten scaffolding cadets, one Cert III trainee, and one apprentice. Over the course of the program’s four years, 26 posts are expected to be offered.