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20 Nursing jobs for Indigenous Australians on the Gold Coast


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

A new training program will offer 20 Indigenous Australians the chance to begin a career in nursing on the Gold Coast.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib said the participants would undertake pre-employment training, a Vocational English for Nursing course and Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.

“The program will provide job opportunities for Indigenous men and women in an industry that will always need dedicated, skilled workers,” Senator Arbib said.

“Participants will also be able to expand on their training to seek immediate employment or continue studying to achieve a Diploma of Nursing – eventually becoming an endorsed enrolled nurse.

“I congratulate these participants for their commitment to this project and look forward to seeing them on the frontline of our health services.”

Senator Arbib said the Gillard Government was supporting the program with $140 000 in funding through the Indigenous Employment Program and with the support of project partner Community Support Agency Ltd.

“This initiative will create jobs and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians and increase the availability of culturally appropriate health services for Indigenous people,” Senator Arbib said.

“It also complements the Gillard 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.”