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Indigenous Employment Program tops key targets



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JULIE COLLINS MP Minister for Community Services Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Minister for the Status of Women

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Indigenous Employment Program tops key targets

The Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Program has exceeded its key targets this financial year, delivering almost 33,000 work and training commencements for Indigenous Australians.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins, has today welcomed the program’s results for the 2011-12 financial year.

“The program managed to top its key financial year targets well ahead of schedule - in most cases before the end of May,” Ms Collins said.

“One of the most pleasing results was the total number of commencements in work or training - it’s at least 15 per cent higher than the program’s target.

“The Government is investing $650 million in the Indigenous Employment Program over four years and these latest results are an encouraging sign of real progress.”

IEP 2011-12 results:

 Total commencements at 32,578 (as at May 31) - full year target 28,350  Commencements into jobs 15,792 - full-year target 15,600  Total commencements since the reformed IEP began in July 2009 almost 87,000

“These are significant results, showing the Government’s partnerships with employers through the IEP are making a real difference to the lives of Indigenous Australians.

“The Government is determined to build on the success of the IEP and that’s why I’ve commissioned the independent review of Indigenous employment service delivery models used by several employers and organisations.

“The review will evaluate a range of models based on outcomes for Indigenous Australians and value for money.

“One of the keys to the success of the IEP is that training is linked to real jobs with employers around Australia.

“It is one of the most successful programs helping Indigenous Australians get the training they need to get a job - and supporting them to keep it,” Ms Collins said.

IEP-supported programs running this year include:

 The Coles First Step Program to provide pre-employment training and employment places for 205 Indigenous job seekers across Australia.  An initiative by construction and contract mining company McMahon Holdings to place 300 Indigenous Australians in employment. The project has already

delivered more than 180 placements.  Pathways to the Pilbara - providing training and employment opportunities for 80 Indigenous Australians in the resources sector.  Compass Group (Australia) Pty Ltd is currently providing 300 Indigenous

employment opportunities in their operations across Australia (250 General Employment and 50 Apprenticeship positions).  A national program to place 100 Indigenous Australians in jobs in the Woolworths group of stores.  An Australia Post program currently being funded to provide 130 placements - 115

part-time and 15 full-time.

More information on the IEP is available at www.deewr.gov.au/iep

CANBERRA

20 June 2012

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