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Indigenous Youth Mobility Programme launched in Perth

24 July 2006

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, will tomorrow launch the Indigenous Youth Mobility Programme (IYMP) for Western Australia, which will assist young indigenous people better prepare for employment, and fulfils a key 2004 election commitment.

“This programme will offer Indigenous students, predominantly from remote areas, with education, training and employment opportunities in regional centres outside their communities, enabling them to make ‘informed’ choices about their futures - whether it be back in their communities or in the broader community,” Minister Bishop said.

“As part of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Australians Opportunity and Responsibility commitment, $23.1 million over 4 years will be provided for at least 600 young people from remote Australia to accept training and employment opportunities that are available in major centres around the country.

“With the support of their families and communities, the program recipients choose to relocate to major centres, such as Perth, in order to access education, training and employment opportunities that are not available in their local communities.”

Minister Bishop said the IYMP focuses on areas such as pre-vocational training, trades and some tertiary pathways including teaching, nursing, accounting and business management - skills that are in high demand in remote areas. Through the programme, it is hoped that young people from remote communities will be encouraged to develop skills in these areas of need and, if they choose, return to their home communities to work.

“One of the aims of the program is to allow these children to see beyond the sometimes limited opportunities in their local community, and the local CDEP, to a wider future,” Minister Bishop

said.

It is anticipated that 95 young people, predominately from remote

Western Australia, will participate in Perth and will be accommodated through Aboriginal Hostels, receiving intensive support and mentoring from the Perth IYMP Training and Employment Service Providers, Nyaarla Projects.

The Australian Government has procured training and employment service providers to deliver the programme in ten host sites around Australia including Darwin, Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Newcastle, Dubbo, Canberra, Adelaide and Shepparton. Supported accommodation services in each host location will be delivered by

Aboriginal Hostels Limited.

Further information can be obtained from the DEST website located at - http://www.dest.gov.au

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Murray Hansen 0417 886 155 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media Unit 02 6240 7300

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