Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2024

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2024

Master Builders acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands and waters where we work and pays respects to Elders past, present and emerging.


This year, the theme of NAIDOC Week is to “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud.”

The theme recognises the unyielding spirit of our First Nations people, and celebrates the rich tapestry of traditions, stories and achievements that make up the Indigenous identity across the nation.

Master Builders recognises its important role in providing workplace opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We acknowledge their achievements by highlighting stories and celebrating their success throughout their Master Builders apprenticeship and career journey.

Apprenticeships are among the strongest means available to our youth for transitioning from school into meaningful and sustainable employment. At the end of May 2023, 95.6% of people who had completed a trade qualification were employed, and 91.4% were satisfied with the skills that they had learned on the job, as recorded in the 2023 National Student Outcomes Survey.

Tim Moggridge, Managing Director of Yabaa Group, an Indigenous Host Employer for Master Builders shared his thoughts on the importance of these opportunities, particularly for our Indigenous Youth.

“Apprenticeships are extremely important; it is up to us to support this generation and give our youth the chance to close the gap through education and training. This is the single biggest opportunity we have to make a difference.”

The value of an apprenticeship extends beyond the workplace for our youth, adds Tim.

“An apprenticeship sets you up with skills for life and provides you with a certain way that you approach a job (big or small) that can be applied beyond the worksite.”

Indigenous Master Builders Host Employers such as Yabaa who offer apprenticeship opportunities for our Indigenous Australian youth are delivering tangible job outcomes that can have a long-lasting effect on our communities.

Of all apprentices currently employed by Master Builders, 5% identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Training an apprentice can have a positive impact at a team level, not just for the individual says Tim.

“Becoming an Indigenous Master Builders Host Employer has been such a fantastic experience that has given our tradespeople purpose to support and guide our young apprentices.”

BuildSkills Australia released a report detailing how the country is short 90,000 skilled tradespeople necessary to meet the national housing accord’s target of 1.2 million new homes by 2029. The high demand for workers in the construction industry presents a unique opportunity for young people looking to get started in the industry.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Master Builders Host Employer to give young people a chance to learn a trade and transform their lives, visit our website.


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Phone: 02 8586 3533
Email: apprenticeship@mbansw.asn.au

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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 “Host 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.
  • Host 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.


Please direct all enquiries to MBAS (02) 8586 3533 or apprenticeship@mbansw.asn.au;

Please include your phone and email address.

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.