Release type: Joint Media Release


25 New construction jobs for Tennant Creek


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

Twenty-five Indigenous Australians from Tennant Creek will have job and training opportunities in the construction industry thanks to a program between the Gillard Government and Maiden Civil construction.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon said this was a fantastic program to employ Indigenous Australians in the Barkly Shire.

“The 25 participants will complete 15 weeks of pre-employment training ending with a Certificate I in Introductory Vocational Education,” Senator Arbib said.

“Once the participants have completed the pre-employment training they will begin employment with Maiden Civil and start a Certificate III in Civil Construction.

“This project will ensure local Indigenous Australians are represented in the Barkly Shire construction industry and provided with long term job opportunities.”

Mr Snowdon said the Gillard Government had committed more than $180 000 in funding to the project through its Indigenous Employment Program.

“I congratulate Maiden Civil on committing to employ all the participants who successfully complete their training and for joining the Gillard Government in a bid to close the gap in Indigenous employment in the Northern Territory.

“This project is particularly important because it will provide a great opportunity for local Indigenous job seekers in Tennant Creek.”

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.”