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165 Indigenous Australians to join the Aged Care Industry


Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for Sport
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness

A recruitment drive in Queensland and northern New South Wales will support 165 Indigenous Australians into jobs and traineeships in the aged care industry.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib said the Blue Care project would provide Indigenous Australians with long-term career options.

“The participants will have the opportunity to receive training in Certificate III in Aged Care, Health Support Services or Allied Health Assistance qualifications,” Senator Arbib said.

“It is not just training for training’s sake - it will prepare the participants for various jobs within the aged care industry, including Blue Care jobs in hospitality, grounds maintenance and aged care.

“In addition, the participants will be provided with literacy and numeracy assistance and mentoring and support for the first six months of the program.”

Senator Arbib said the Gillard Government provided $742,000 in funding under the Indigenous Employment Program to ensure Indigenous Australians were able to take advantage of job opportunities in the aged care industry.

“This project is another example of how the Government and industry are working together to build job and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians,” Senator Arbib said.

“Every participant has individual needs and this program is tailored to participants’ choices and circumstances to ensure the best chance of securing a job.”

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.”