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Rugby league legend Arthur Beetson - New Centrelink ambassador.

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Federal Human Services Minister Joe Hockey has announced that rugby league legend Arthur Beetson will beCentrelink’s new Ambassador for Indigenous Servicing.

"Mr Beetson will have a very important role within the organisation, promoting Government and Centrelink servicesto Indigenous communities," Minister Hockey said.

"He’ll work with communities around Australia to ensure people are able to access vital Government services. He’ll also talk to communities to see how service delivery can be improved and tailored to better meet the needs of Indigenous people."

"His successes on and off the sporting field make him a wonderful role model both inside and outside Centrelink. Mr Beetson will also work with and support Indigenous Centrelink staff."

Arthur Beetson will visit remote communities in the Torres Strait region, Weipa, Darwin and Alice Springs with Minister Hockey this week. The trip is to understand first hand how people in far flung places across Australia access essential Government services.

Mr Beetson’s new role is part of Centrelink’s ongoing commitment to work closely with Indigenous communities. Mr Beetson will compliment Centrelink’s already extensive network of Indigenous specialist staff and promote our programs and services to urban rural and remote Indigenous communities.

Arthur Beetson has been recognised as a rugby league Immortal for his impact on the game and he was also the first Indigenous person to captain Australia. He played rugby league for Balmain, Easts and Parramatta. He starred in the inaugural State of Origin match for Queensland in 1980, coached the Maroons for six seasons and played 14 tests for Australia. After more than 50 years he

still has a strong love of the game and continues his association as a National Selector and Recruitment Officer for the Sydney Roosters Club.