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Australian Government backs local communities to opportunities for indigenous jobseekers.



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Australian Government backs local communities to opportunities for Indigenous jobseekers Thursday, 9 March 2006

New employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians have been made available in Lingiari through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Policy.

Australian Government funding worth $904,705 will support 100 new Structured Training and Employment Projects (STEP) initiatives in Lingiari.

“Not only will they provide employment and training opportunities for Indigenous people in the region, but they will also bring long term economic and social benefits for Indigenous people in our electorate and for the community as a whole.”

The STEP project is being sponsored by the Central Land Council and involve placing 100 Indigenous Australians in mining and contrated services, Parks and Wildlife, road construction, horticulture and rural employment.

Funding for the STEP project is provided under the Australian Government’s successful Indigenous Employment Policy (IEP).

The Indigenous Employment Policy, which began in July 1999, has created more than 51,000 employment and training places for Indigenous Australians across the country.

“Importantly, the private sector now provides more than 75 per cent of employment and training opportunities under this program,” said Senator Scullion.

“I take this opportunity to urge more employers to embrace the programmes available through the Indigenous Employment Policy. The Australian Government wants to create more jobs for Indigenous Australians so that more people can benefit from the nation’s growing prosperity.

For further information, please contact: Lisa Maclean on 0419 641 282