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225 new jobs for indigenous people

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SENATOR THE HON MARK ARBIB Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Minister for Sport Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness

SHAYNE NEUMANN Member for Blair


June 27 2011


A new training and job program will see at least 225 Indigenous Australians take up work in the healthcare, horticulture, hospitality and care industries in South East and Central Queensland.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said the Pathways to Success program was part of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.

“This initiative will deliver jobs and training to Indigenous Australians, many whom are in areas of high unemployment including Ipswich-Logan, Caboolture-Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay-Bundaberg,” Senator Arbib said.

“The program will provide industry-relevant training and the necessary qualifications to secure sustainable jobs.

“The 18-month program includes job training, mentoring, work experience, supported job placement and post-placement support.”

Mr Neumann said the project was a result of $2.3 million committed by the Australian Government and was running with the assistance of social enterprise Help Enterprises and employment and training provider Bridgeworks Personnel.

“Having a strong collaboration between government, employment and training providers and industry enables us to build and strengthen job opportunities for Indigenous Australians living in Queensland,” Mr Neumann said.

“This project complements the Government’s recent $228 million announcement under the Building Australia’s Future Workforce package, which provides subsidies and support for Indigenous long-term unemployed job seekers.”

Senator Arbib said Treasury predicted 500,000 jobs would be created over the next two years and it was critical that Indigenous Australians had the support and training they needed to take up employment.

“Indigenous employment is not a short term issue. Over the next four years the Government has also committed almost $650 million to the Indigenous Employment Program,” Senator Arbib said.

“This is part of the Gillard Government’s target to create more than 100,000 jobs for Indigenous Australians by 2018.”

Minister Arbib’s media contact: Sean Sammon 0417 137 419/02 9364 2600 Shayne Neumann’s media contact: Madonna Oliver 0488 076 420 DEEWR Media: Non-media enquiries: 1300 363 079