Release type: Joint Media Release


24 new jobs for Indigenous Australians in Archerfield


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

Thiess Australia is teaming up with Hastings Deering and the Federal Government to expand their successful Indigenous Employment Program in Archerfield giving 24 Indigenous job seekers work.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and Member for Moreton Graham Perrett said the new program would build on the fantastic results of the 2010 initiative and was a result of $384,000 from the Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.

“Thiess Australia and Hastings Deering are working together to deliver pre-employment and accredited training programs with a second round of participants, monitoring their progress and ensuring that they will have the power to shape their own careers,” Senator Arbib said.  

“Prior to starting work with Thiess Australia, the 24 participants will complete an 18 week pre-employment training package, including literacy and numeracy training, work experience and mentoring support.”

Alex Milne was one of the 14 participants, who started the original program in 2010 and successfully completed his pre-employment training. He is now working fulltime completing a Certificate III in diesel fitting.

“All 14 of us worked hard and we pulled our weight and Thiess Australia told us we would be offered a position at the end of the pre-employment program. Thiess Australia is willing to look around and find a position that best suit your skills base,” Mr Milne said.

“I think the younger generation of Indigenous people have the power to develop great futures for their family, if they are willing to work hard. There are plenty of opportunities. The sky is the limit.”

Mr Perrett said 16 of the 2010 recruits had started with Thiess Australia, while eight have taken up the pre-employment and accredited training opportunities with Hastings.

“The training and employment opportunities provided by Thiess Australia and Hastings are about creating long term sustainable careers for Indigenous Australians and allowing participants to undertake a career of their own choice,” Mr Perrett said.

“Nine of the participants have already commenced their first year of an apprenticeship in diesel mechanics, fitting and tuning, while those who still need to develop their work ready skills are undertaking additional pre-employment training, such as literacy and numeracy.

“It is great to see these local companies provide training that leads to real jobs – it’s not just training for training’s sake.”

Senator Arbib said it was critical that Indigenous Australians had the support and training they needed to take up employment opportunities.

“Over the next four years the Australian Government has committed almost $650 million to the Indigenous Employment Program,” Senator Arbib said.

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