About IBN Services – Our Story and Objectives

IBN Services was established in 2013 to provide job-preparation and training opportunities for IBN Members and Aboriginal people in the Pilbara.

It has since developed into a major part of IBN’s broader strategy, delivering on social outcomes and realizing the parallel objective of financial sustainability.

IBN Services employees are provided with structural training and practical skills as well as enrolment in nationally recognised qualifications, licences, and workplace tickets, this includes training, skills and knowledge in Pest Management Technicians Licence, Horticulture, Forklift Licence, 4X4 WD Training, Fire Fighting Training and First Aid.

IBN Services core business is the only Indigenous owned and operated native plant nursery and Pest (plant) Management services in the Pilbara:

The native plant nursery – propagation of Pilbara native plant, install and supply.

Pest (Plant) Management Control – weed management control of unwanted or invasive plants. Weed control is the botanical component of pest control, which attempts to stop weeds especially noxious weeds, from competing with desired flora, and in natural settings preventing non-native
species competing with natural native species. Weed management is an important component of native plant protection and the land.

Since 2018, IBN Services supported and assisted in employment opportunities to over 35 Aboriginal people, the higher percentage being IBN Members. People left their employment for many reasons, three of the main reasons was due to low attendance, social or family issues or employment with industry.

IBN Services originally recruited casual employees from IMMS, this changed in 2020. All IBN Services employees are recruited through the IBN employment process. All IBN Services employees are on permanent contracts.

IBN Services is a growing business with interest from the community and industry for landscape maintenance services, pest (plant) management and plant supplies.

Positive yet challenging

It has been a positive but challenging year with balancing schedules to complete works in pest management, the impact of COVID-19, recruitment and the change of management & staff within IBN Corporation.

BHP re-engaged IBN Services to re-commence in February 2021.

This year, IBN Services has experienced growth in recruitment due to works with BHP in Pest Management Control. IBN Services now offers employment and skills in Pest (plant) Management.