Release type: Joint Media Release


Indigenous Employment Expos for Shoalhaven and Eden communities


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

Indigenous Australians on the NSW South Coast will get the opportunity to look at future education and job opportunities at Indigenous Employment Expos in Nowra on 23 August 2011 and Kalaru on 24 August 2011.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and Member for Eden Monaro Mike Kelly encouraged local residents to attend the Expos to connect with jobs in the region.

“The Indigenous Employment Expos showcase employment pathways and opportunities for Indigenous jobseekers, school students and school leavers,” Dr Kelly said.

“Based on previous expos the organisers are expecting more than 50 exhibitors, 350 students and 200 jobseekers.

“They are an excellent opportunity for participants to discuss job options with local, regional and national employers as well as employment agencies which will be on hand to provide training and job services.”

Senator Arbib said the expos were run with the assistance of Regional Development Australia and the support of $95 000 from the Gillard Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.

“Regional Development Australia successfully delivered the 2010 Indigenous Employment Expos and I look forward to its continued success,” Senator Arbib said.

“Treasury has 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.

“This is part of the Australian Government’s target to create more than 100 000 jobs for Indigenous Australians by 2018.”