16th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
1-3 March 2023

Changing Seasons,
Changing Lives

Carey Bindjareb Program

The Bindjareb Program was initiated in November 2010 by Bindjareb Elder Uncle John Alexander with the support of the Western Australian Government Department of Justice, WesTrac, Bis Industries, Alcoa, and many other industry supporters.

In 2018, Carey Training (RTO) became the program partner for the Carey Bindjareb Program in a joint venture with the Government of Western Australia Department of Justice (DoJ)

The program provides a comprehensive educational and mentoring program for Aboriginal men currently engaged in the criminal justice system. Within a supportive environment this assistance leads to real careers in the mining, civil construction and related industries consequently instilling positive and sustainable change in the lives of the participant’s and their families.

This innovative program has been developed using a throughcare model to support participants to attain industry skills (Cert II Civil Construction, Forklift, Working at Heights & Working in Confined Spaces tickets), life skills and the confidence and resilience they need to fulfil and sustain employment. Carey Training delivers all of this training.

The program operates thanks to key industry sponsors WesTrac, Bis Industries, Monadelphous, Alcoa, Altrad and Carey Mining.

The 10th intake of the Carey Bindjareb Program recently commenced in 2023. Since Carey Training’s involvement in the program 91 men have graduated, with 52 of those graduates, or 57% securing employment post release.


Larry Smith
Manager Prisoner Employment Programs & Transitional Services Rehabilitation & Reintegration
, Department of Justice, Western Australia

Larry has played a fundamental role in the vision, creation, evolution and running of this program dating back to 2010. His understanding, experience and leadership in the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners in Western Australia is far reaching and broad, having been employed by the department since June 2007.

Raphael Poole
General Manager
, Carey Training Pty Ltd

Raphael is a strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community engagement, developing new horizons for Indigenous people by providing Training Pathways. She engages with State and Federal Governments, and at executive level with clients, to campaign for better environmental and social governance.

Raphael has extensive experience in the Australian Vocational Education and Training sector, leading her team with a strategic business development focus aligned with the vision and values of the Carey Group.

Raphael firmly believes that Business Excellence is not only demonstrated through financial viability, but also through values, beliefs, and ethical practice. She is dedicated to fostering generational change within Aboriginal families and to closing the social inequity gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.