Release type: Media Release


Indigenous Australians training for the fitness industry


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

Indigenous Australians in Brisbane, Ipswich, Cherbourg and the Sunshine Coast will undertake accredited training in health and fitness programs providing them with the necessary skills to find work in Australia’s fitness industry.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development and Minister for Sport Mark Arbib and Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said the new training initiative for up to 20 Indigenous Australians was tailored to increase trainees’ chances of finding jobs and eventually becoming business owners in the fitness industry.

“The participants will undertake accredited training in Certificate III or IV in Fitness as well as pre-employment training, business mentoring and individual future job plans,” Senator Arbib said.

“By undertaking this training participants can profoundly improve their own lives in terms of education, employment and health as well as the health of those around them.”

Mr Neumann said the program was a result of $316 000 in funding from the Gillard Government’s Indigenous Employment program.

It will be run with the assistance of White Beech Consulting Pty Ltd, Fitnance, Fitness Education and Training and the Australian Indigenous Youth Academy Inc.

“Thanks to collaboration between government, business and industry, we are building and strengthening job opportunities in Queensland for Indigenous Australians,” Mr Neumann said.

“This is not training for training’s sake, it’s training that leads to real jobs and careers and I look forward to seeing Indigenous Australians providing health and fitness advice to locals in the Ipswich area.

“It is fantastic that the participants will receive training and mentoring from experienced and dedicated fitness professionals. I have no doubt they will soon be improving the health of fellow Queenslanders.”

Senator Arbib said Treasury predicted 500 000 jobs would be created during 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.”