NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is a celebration of the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For Master Builders, NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to learn more about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community. For decades, Master Builders has encouraged and supported indigenous apprenticeships and is committed to continuing to develop opportunities for First Nations’ people to thrive in the building and construction industry.

We strive to support and celebrate the contributions and achievements of our industry every day and are delighted to shine the spotlight on Indigenous people and our commitment to provide opportunities to build a brighter future, not just during NAIDOC Week but every week.

Teressa Roberts, MBA NSW Field Officer Coordinator is a proud Darug Woman from the Booroorerongal Tribe. She mentors our Aboriginal apprentices and sees this NAIDOC Week as an opportunity to celebrate young people in employment as a marker of true generational change for the indigenous community. “Many Indigenous Australians have been raised in the shadow of significant social issues which is a barrier to employment. NAIDOC Week is a chance to celebrate the young people that have stood up and made a change.  These great apprentices are being socially accountable whilst engaging in their culture and that is a hugely valuable thing for the community to see,” says Teressa. “The value of employment for young Indigenous people cannot be overstated.”

Teressa sees Master Builders making a difference. Tasharn Smith is a 16-year-old first year carpentry apprentice of the Hawkesbury mob and says, “I feel like Master Builders provides me with the right support whenever I need it. Having Teressa as a mentor, and a proud Indigenous woman, I feel like I am well-understood and encouraged.”

Tasharn Smith, 16-year-old first year carpentry apprentice.

For Tasharn, NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity to share the Indigenous culture with work colleagues and the wider community. “The more we know about one another, the better we can work together.”

Tasharn loves the physical nature of the job, the security Master Builders provides and the sense of satisfaction that comes from doing a good day’s work. While reluctant to be called a role model, Tasharn does have advice for other young Indigenous people. And it is simple, “set a good routine, stand up, and allow yourself to develop the confidence to be the best that you can be.”

Jayson Clarke, a 19-year-old, 2nd year carpentry apprentice, agrees with Tasharn in encouraging other indigenous young people to engage in an apprenticeship. He says it’s a case of getting through the first four years. “If you stick with it, you’ll come out of your apprenticeship a different person.  You get more from the trade than you can give!”

While he is grateful for the opportunities and the support he receives from Master Builders, Jayson believes that being successful in your trade comes down to two things, how good you are at your job and how well you can manage problems. “If you can work hard on those two things, you’ll get a lot of satisfaction from your apprenticeship,” he says.

For Jayson Clarke a proud member of the Wiradjuri people, NAIDOC Week is a time to tell the stories of about indigenous people’s successes in the community, in their work and on the sports fields.

Tasharn and Jayson feel lucky to have the opportunity to be a Master Builders apprentice. For Teressa, these current apprentices are examples of what can be achieved when you mix a great attitude with opportunity. “Apprentices like Tasharn and Jayson create their own luck through hard work, commitment and having pride and purpose.”


Jayson Clarke, 19-year-old, 2nd year carpentry apprentice.


Indigenous Pre-Apprenticeship Program

We are committed to an industry that is diverse, just, equitable and inclusive. We are excited to offer our first all-indigenous program for 2022 running from 5 to 23 September. This course is subsidised by the NSW Government. There is no cost to you.

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This NAIDOC Week, we hope you join us in celebrating the history, culture and successes of, not just our students, but all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Together, we can Get Up!  Stand Up! And Show Up! And keep building a bright future for all Australians.  #NAIDOCWeek click here


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This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between Master Builders Association of NSW Pty Ltd, ABN 11 074 397 532 (MBANSW) and you.

MBANSW is the registered Group Training Organisation and Apprenticeship Services arm of Master Builders Association of New South Wales, ABN 96 550 042 906 (Master Builders)

“You”, “your” and “Training Employer” refer to you, your company and business nominated in the table below.

This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between MBANSW and you.

Direct Debit Terms and Conditions

  • Your nominated account or credit card will be debited weekly for hosting a MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee.
  • The first debit to your account will occur within 7 working days of the MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee commencing their placement with your business.
  • If an invoice payment is due on a non-business day, it will be debited from your account on the following business day.
  • Training Employer account information held by MBANSW will be kept confidential. Please note that some information is provided to the MBANSW financial institution to initiate the debit to your nominated account.
  • MBANSW will give you a minimum of 14 days’ notice in writing of changes to these Terms and Conditions.
  • If you wish to make changes to this arrangement, please contact MBANSW on (02) 8586 3533.

Your responsibility in this arrangement

  • Ensure that your nominated account can accept direct debits (your financial institution can confirm this).
  • Ensure there are sufficient cleared funds in the nominated account on the drawing date.
  • Advise MBANSW in writing if the nominated account is transferred or closed.

Please note that if your payment is dishonoured by your financial institution, a re-draw will take place within 7 days.

Any transaction fees payable by MBANSW in respect to a dishonoured payment will be added to your account.


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I/We authorise MBANSW to arrange for funds to be debited from my/our nominated account at the financial institution identified below.

This authority to direct debit will remain in place in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.