Release type: Joint Media Release


30 New training places and jobs for Indigenous youth in Geelong


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

Up to 30 disadvantaged young Indigenous Australians in Geelong will be offered new job and training opportunities, thanks to the Gillard Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and Member for Corio Richard Marles said the project was for Indigenous people aged 15 to 24 who have dealt with or are at risk of having contact with the youth justice system.

“This project is designed to assist job seekers from highly disadvantaged backgrounds. It will provide mentoring and support as they overcome barriers to long-term employment,” Senator Arbib said.

“With the support of non-for-profit group Whitelion, a broad range of their industry partners will be approached to provide job opportunities for participants, including in transport and logistics, administration, finance, hospitality, construction and trades.

“Whitelion will ensure the participants not yet ready for ongoing employment will receive the intensive support they need to put them on the path to finding a sustainable job.”

Mr Marles said the program was a result of more than $220,000 from the Gillard Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.

“Participants will be among the region’s most disadvantaged young people,” Mr Marles said

“It’s exciting to see them being engaged in this way by Whitelion, an organisation recognised for its work with highly vulnerable young people and its strong links to local employers.”

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.”