Release type: Joint Media Release


Former Origin Greats promote jobs in Mount Isa


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

Former Origin Greats (FOGS) will join forces with industry and local businesses in Mount Isa today to promote job opportunities for young Indigenous job seekers and students.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib today said there had been an overwhelming response from the Mount Isa business community wanting to participate in this year’s employment and careers expo.

“More than 30 exhibitors are taking part in the Mount Isa expo this year,” Senator Arbib said.

“It’s really encouraging to see the Mount Isa community help close the gap for young Indigenous Australians.”

The expo is one of six FOGS Indigenous Employment and Careers Expos being held across Queensland this year.

Queensland Senator Jan McLucas said the expos were a key part of promoting the Government’s Learn. Earn. Legend! campaign which encourages young people to stay in school or training with the goal of finding long-term job opportunities.

“The FOGs expo provides a fantastic opportunity for Indigenous job seekers and students to discuss firsthand the various opportunities available with local businesses, industry, job services providers, schools and tertiary institutions,” Senator McLucas said.

“Mount Isa is our third expo for 2011 and we are very excited about the turnout we are expecting. I’m looking forward to the local community again supporting the FOGs enthusiastically.”

Origin great and FOGS Chairman Gene Miles will be joined at the Mount Isa Expo by Former Origin Greats Allan Langer, Gary Belcher, Sam Backo, Colin Scott and Steve Price, and current Cowboys, Queensland and Australia star Brent Tate. “These outstanding players are a powerful voice for their community,” Senator Arbib said.

“We know the best thing kids can do is get a good education. The more education they get – whether it’s finishing year 12, a TAFE qualification, an apprenticeship or a tertiary qualification – the more likely they are to secure a good job.

“That’s the message the FOGS and the Indigenous All Stars will be sharing with young Indigenous Australians.”

Following the success of the 2009 FOGS Expos, the Australian Government has committed $3.2 million to FOGS which will support 39 events in 2010 and 2011, including the Employment and Careers Expos, employment forums and corporate events.

These events build on the outstanding results from 2010, with 13 500 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and job seekers attending FOGS events, an increase of 10 500 on the previous year.

Of the 550 interviews and applications that have been received as a direct result of the FOGS Indigenous Employment and Careers Expos, 345 Indigenous Australians who attended these events in 2010 were placed into employment or have engaged in further training.

This is an average of 49.3 employment and training outcomes per expo.

“Queensland FOGS is a fantastic initiative in its eighth year. These former rugby league greats are committed to closing the gap for Indigenous Australians by providing employment and career assistance,” Senator Arbib said.

The expos are part of the Australian Government's commitment to close the gap on Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment outcomes.

The remaining FOGS Employment and Careers Expos for this year



Wednesday 27 July Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre
Rockhampton Wednesday 24 August Rockhampton Show Grounds
Brisbane Wednesday 5 October Suncorp Stadium

For more information about the 2011 FOGS Indigenous Employment and Careers Expos visit