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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Page: 215

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 23 December 2004:

(1)   Which of the following measures has the department adopted to ensure it attracts and retains a diverse range of people with a focus on Indigenous Employment: (a) an Indigenous employment strategy; (b) special employment measures limiting employment opportunities only to Indigenous applicants; (c) identified positions for Indigenous staff; (d) participation in the National Indigenous Cadetship Program; (e) providing opportunities for Indigenous people to gain skills and experience under an agency-based Indigenous employment scheme; and (f) advertising employment opportunities in Indigenous media.

(2)   For each applicable measure: (a) what is the date of implementation; and (b) what outcomes can be attributed to the measure.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   In respect of 1(d) the department has agreed to offer up to five cadetships under the National Indigenous Cadetship Program. We are currently in the process of determining the precise arrangements for implementing the Program to ensure that appropriate support mechanisms are in place to maximise the benefits of the Program. Following the recruitment of the Cadets, we anticipate their first work placement to commence in the 2005 mid-year semester break.

The department does not have arrangements in place in respect of the other measures referred to.

The department also intends participating in the APSC Indigenous Graduate Programme which is expected to commence in 2006.

(2)   Given that the department will only be offering the National Indigenous Cadetship Program in 2005, we are not yet in a position to measure the outcomes of the Programme.