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Hon Kevin Andrews MP Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 05 October, 2005

Media Release


Indigenous Community Volunteers Partnership Launch

Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) and mining company Rio Tinto have joined forces to promote community enterprise projects and skills transfer in areas in which Rio Tinto operates throughout Australia.

Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews officially launched

the ICV/Rio Tinto partnership today.

"ICV helps Indigenous communities to become self-sustaining through creating effective partnerships between Indigenous peoples, corporations and the wider Australian community," Mr Andrews said

"ICV links skilled volunteers with Indigenous communities that have asked for assistance with sustainable projects."

ICV operates independently of government in partnership with the corporate and philanthropic sectors on key projects to build capacity and skills in Indigenous communities.

Mr Andrews said the new partnership between Rio Tinto and ICV is a joint commitment to Indigenous capacity building. The partnership will focus on supporting skills transfer and community enterprise projects in regions near Rio Tinto operations in Australia.

"Partnerships of this kind will enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities to secure economic independence."

"They will become a cornerstone of the new Indigenous affairs arrangements which focus on supporting local approaches and sharing responsibility for securing improved Indigenous outcomes," Mr Andrews said.

ICV has recently extended its operations with new offices in Perth, Alice Springs and Brisbane.

More information on ICV is available by phoning 1800 819 542 or by visiting

For further information contact: Russ Street 0417 044 712