“I just put my name down and they took it from there – induction, training, certification and support all paid for by RAW.”

Mick now works as an Alimak- Lift operator, transporting workers and materials down to the worksites and back up again. Mick says that dependability and being a reliable person are the most important parts of his role.

“It’s pretty busy! People rely on you all day to get to and from the site so there is no clocking off early. You need to be a good bloke – dependable.”

As a father of 9 and grandfather of 8, Mick is incredibly proud of the work that he is doing, the mark he is leaving on a major project that will benefit hundreds of thousands and the changes he has seen in Aboriginal workforce participation over the past 20 years.

“You still don’t see many Aboriginals’ working down here, so part of me feels proud and fortunate but I would love to see a lot more of us mob down here. It’s better than it was when I was young, but we still have a way to go.”

Mick Hudson – RAW Alimak Operator

Working with RAW gives so much for me and my son. Being a young mother not knowing how I was going to provide for my family played games in my mind. I felt worthless and unwanted.

Taking a chance with RAW sees a regular pay in our house, food in the cupboard and I have even saved which was never possible before.


Lydia Angis – RAW Traffic Control Operator

RAW has provided a chance I would never thought I would have got.

People who have been in jail just don’t get jobs. When released I was told by family and friends that I should try to get a job with RAW as they are non-judgemental and willing to give everyone an opportunity.

I am grateful that I have been able to provide stability, a regular income, and work in a real place where I feel wanted everyday.

Isaac KeightleyRAW Traffic Control Operator

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