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Australia meets Indonesia on industry reform

A major conference in Jakarta this week will lead to Australia and Indonesia working more closely on training reform in industry.

The industry training conference, the largest in which Australia has been involved abroad, was officially opened today by the Australian Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training, Ross Free, and Indonesia's Minister for Education and Culture, Prof Dr Ing Wardiman Djojonegoro and Minister for Manpower, Dr Abdul Latief.

More than 400 senior representatives of Indonesian and Australian industry, industry associations, education and training institutions and Government will focus on training in tourism, mining and engineering, building and construction and the telecommunication industries.

"Our relationship in this area with Indonesia is no longer based on aid, but is one in which our two countries co-operate as partners in meeting our industries' challenges as a result of economic deregulation and increasing international competition," Mr Free said.

"This conference will strengthen this partnership by improving our mutual understanding and identifying further co-operative action our countries can take."

He said the challenges involved not only industry restructuring but developing and training workers.

Australian speakers at the conference include the Secretary of the Federal Department of Employment, Education and Training, Derek Volker, the Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ian Spicer and the Chief Executive of the Australian National Training Authority, Terry Moran.

Indonesian speakers include the Secretaries-General of the Indonesian Ministries of Manpower, Education and Culture, and Tourism, Post and Telecommunications.

Media contact:

John Miner, Mr Free's Office, 06 277 7540