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Wednesday, 9 July 2008 091/2008

ADF INDIGENOUS RECRUITMENT STRATEGY AND DEFENCE DIRECTORATE OF INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS ARE OPERATIONAL

The Australian Defence Force Indigenous Recruitment Strategy and a new Defence Directorate of Indigenous Affairs were launched today by the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP.

“The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has much to offer Indigenous Australians in areas such as education, training, skills development, employment and health care,” Mr Snowdon said.

“And Indigenous Australians bring incredible community and country connections that support military capability throughout the nation.

“But more needs to be done to encourage Indigenous Australians to serve and remain serving in the ADF.

“The Indigenous Recruitment Strategy coupled with the Directorate of Indigenous Affairs seeks to bring the best possible policies and programs to bear on changing perceptions, creating specialised pathways, and providing ongoing support to Indigenous ADF members.

“Initiatives include tailored preparation programs, improved recognition of Indigenous culture across Defence, and mentor support all designed to ensure that Indigenous recruits are well-prepared to join the ADF and succeed in military training and employment.”

Mr Snowdon said the Directorate of Indigenous Affairs will manage and coordinate Indigenous employment policies and programs in the ADF and the Department of Defence. The directorate will draw on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff network and Indigenous Liaison Officers to help develop other initiatives under the Recruitment Strategy.

“The ADF now has policies in place and programs underway to boost recruitment opportunities for Indigenous Australians,” Mr Snowdon said.

“The challenges of health, education, culture and isolation are not insignificant, but they are also not insurmountable.

“And we must do all we can to enhance the capability of the ADF; and that includes increasing Indigenous participation.”

Media contacts: Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664

www.defence.gov.au

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