Release type: Joint Media Release

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40 INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS SET FOR JOBS IN THE MEAT PROCESSING INDUSTRY

Ministers:

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

Forty Indigenous Australian jobseekers in Rockhampton will be placed in jobs with Teys Brothers, the city’s largest employer, with the support of NEATO Employment Services and the Indigenous Employment Program.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore said it was fantastic that local training providers and industry were working together to provide long-term job opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

“I congratulate both NEATO Employment Services and Teys Brothers Rockhampton for their commitment to ensuring Indigenous Australians receive the training and support required for long-term employment within the meat processing industry,” Senator Arbib said.

“Participants will be provided with training including literacy and numeracy, time and financial management, as well as workplace support and mentoring as part of this project.”

Ms Livermore said the project was a result of almost $280,000 from the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.

“While at work participants will be involved in a ‘buddy’ support program linking them with experienced Teys Brothers employees,” Ms Livermore said. 

“This will provide participants with support as they transition into long term employment with the company.

“Teys Brothers is the largest employer in Rockhampton and it is fantastic that the company has taken the initiative to be involved in this program.”

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.”