Saltbush Social Enterprises (Saltbush) is a not-for-profit organisation that was developed in response to the critical need for opportunities that create prosperity parity for marginalised
Australians in the Northern Territory (NT).
We put Indigenous people at the centre of our organisation because we know we cannot achieve employment parity until all people have equal employment opportunities. Our motto is a person with a job is a person with a future. We strive to break down barriers that others do not experience by taking a ‘boots on the ground’ approach.
All programs and activities we deliver including Supported Bail Accommodation, Saltbush Employment Services, the Saltbush Wellbeing Program, and Accelerated Aboriginal Chefs of Excellence (AACE) have an underlining focus on helping participants with employment opportunities.
Our strength is our unique mentoring product where our focus is to specialise in empowering Indigenous and other marginalised Territorian jobseekers to develop life skills and basic employability skills moving them along the continuum and then connect them to education and employment for a rewarding, meaningful and sustainable working life.
Karen Sheldon AM, Managing Director of Karen Sheldon Group, has more than 50 years of business experience in the NT. As a Territory chef, Karen spent many of her early years developing her culinary craft at the Barrow Creek Pub where she became interested in Aboriginal culture and Territory flavours.
A developing social conscience and desire to see real change in the NT led to the development of the Karen Sheldon Group consisting of Karen Sheldon Catering, Karen Sheldon Training, and Karen Sheldon Employment Services.
Karen recognised a real need across the community for a greater connection between training and long-term employment while providing strong social support. Along with fellow Directors, Sarah Hickey and Amanda Swift, they set their sights on closing the gap on Indigenous economic disadvantage, guiding the next chapter in the business. Saltbush was established and became the vehicle for continuing the amazing work started by Karen Sheldon, strongly supported by Karen Sheldon Group.