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Indigenous students to come to Canberra

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SENATOR THE HON MARK ARBIB Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Minister for Sport Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness


June 22 2011


Indigenous students from across the country will again have the opportunity to undertake work experience at Parliament House and with Federal Government agencies and departments in September.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib said the 2011 Learn. Earn. Legend! Work Experience in Government program would host 100 Indigenous Year 11 and 12 students.

“The students will be selected from communities around Australia and will have the opportunity to experience the inner workings of government, and spend a day in a public service agency or department,” Senator Arbib said.

“During their two days in an MP or Senator’s office the students will get to experience life in a political office, watch Question Time and tour Parliament House.

“Last year the program had fantastic results with positive feedback from the students. The program had the support of Senators and MPs from across the political divide.”

Senator Arbib said the Learn. Earn. Legend! program encouraged young Indigenous students to stay in school and training so they could pursue jobs and careers, closing the gap on education and employment outcomes.

“The students selected to participate in the program will be those who have demonstrated good attendance and the ability to work hard to get good results,” Senator Arbib said.

“Their world will be opened up to the many study and career choices available in government and public service. Supportive relationships and friendships will be developed that will help students overcome challenges, foster their determination and go for their dreams.

“Once again the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has partnered with Dare to Lead and the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation to organise and facilitate the program.”

Senator Arbib said MPs and Senators from all political parties had already expressed an interest in hosting students, along with a range of Government agencies and he thanked them for their ongoing support.

“This is a fantastic program and it is a credit to the program last year that all the supporters are excited to be involved again this year,” Senator Arbib said.

Minister Arbib’s media contact: Sean Sammon 0417 137 419/02 9364 2600 DEEWR Media: Non-media enquiries: 1300 363 079