Release type: Media Release


Hospitality project leads to Indigenous jobs in remote South Australia


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

Up to 40 Indigenous job seekers in Ceduna and the Far West Coast of South Australia will be given pre-employment training and supported into employment in the hospitality industry as a result of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib said the HETA Hospitality and Retail Training and Employment Project would provide industry specific skills and job placement for participants.

“The participants will undergo a pre-employment program and all who successfully complete it will be given jobs with local companies,” Senator Arbib said.

“This project, along with other similar projects, is bringing new opportunities to Indigenous people in remote areas of South Australia and across the country.

“The participants will receive accredited training, individual case management and mentoring support.”

Senator Arbib said the Federal Government was providing $424,000 for the project from the Indigenous Employment Program.

“This project is making a huge difference to the lives of Indigenous people in these communities, giving them the opportunity to earn economic independence for themselves and their families,” Senator Arbib said.

“This is not just training for training’s sake. This program provides ongoing job opportunities in the hospitality industry locally and provides participants with skills that can be used in the industry around Australia.”

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.”