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Funding for indigenous employment in Eden-Monaro.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 740 Published: 5/7/2002 Title: Funding for Indigenous Employment in Eden-Monaro

“Eden-Monaro is to receive $82,115 to employ Indigenous Australians under the Structured Training and Employment Project (STEP)”, said Mr Nairn today.

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

The STEP project is being sponsored by South East NSW Area Consultative Committee and involves funding of $82,115 to assist and support the Indigenous community in Eden-Monaro by concentrating on areas such as sharing information, employment strategies, Koori business development, Cultural Awareness, CDEP development, mentoring and education strategies.

“This is a significant project for the communities of South East NSW”, Mr Nairn said. “Not only will it provide private sector job opportunities for unemployed Indigenous people in the region, but it will also bring long term economic and social benefits for Indigenous people in our electorate and for the community as a whole”.

The IEP has three main elements - the Indigenous Employment Programme, the Indigenous Small Business Fund (ISBF), and measures to improve Job Network outcomes.

Under STEP, employers generally provide accredited training and job opportunities for Indigenous Australians. Government funding is available for one to three years, depending on the level of training involved. The ISBF fosters the development of businesses owned and operated by Indigenous people and promotes sustained Indigenous employment opportunities.

Important changes are being made to Job Network through Australians Working Together. “From 1 July the Australians Working Together (AWT) package will allow Indigenous job seekers immediate access to Job Search Training.”

“In addition Job Network members delivering Job Search Training or Intensive Assistance will have a Training Account of up to $800 for Indigenous participants to access work related training that is suited to the local labour market.”

I take this opportunity to urge more employers to embrace the programmes available through the Indigenous Employment Policy.

Ends Friday 5 July 2002 For further information contact Gary Nairn on 02 6297 3952