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More jobs for indigenous job seekers.

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   The Hon. Peter Reith, MP       Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business       Leader of the House of Representatives       Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

7 July 2000 107/00

More jobs for indigenous job seekers The Federal Government has announced today approval of 50 projects worth over $7 million to provide more than 900 indigenous Australians with employment and training opportunities.

The projects are funded under the Government’s Indigenous Employment Policy. That policy, which I announced in May 1999, aims to generate more job opportunities for indigenous Australians, who are severely disadvantaged in terms of the labour market.

The Indigenous Employment Policy involves a number of programs, including the Structured Training and Employment Projects (STEP) Program. The STEP program provides accredited training and jobs for indigenous job seekers.

The projects announced today were funded through the STEP program. A number of the opportunities generated are New Apprenticeships. I would like to thank the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, the Hon Dr David Kemp MP, and his Department for their contribution to these projects.

Projects range from employment projects on indigenous remote communities in Queensland to projects in the mining industry. In a project with Property Services Training in NSW, sixty indigenous people will be trained and employed in the security industry. Other projects include a training program with Wool Industry Training Australia to prepare indigenous people for employment as shearers, a project with the Local Government Association of Queensland to place 120 indigenous people in jobs with local government, and employment projects with the City of Port Phillip (Victoria) and Museum Victoria.

Details of the projects are attached. They are further evidence that the Indigenous Employment Policy is achieving positive employment outcomes with nearly 2,500 indigenous jobseekers assisted on similar projects since the program was introduced in July last year.

For further information contact: Brett Hogan 0419 484 095.

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