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Job opportunities for Indigenous inmates at Junee Correction centre

Ministers:

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

An innovative project will offer 15 Indigenous inmates job training, mentoring and work experience as they prepare for release from Junee Correctional Centre in the Riverina.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib congratulated Summit Employment & Training, who will provide transitional services for 15 Indigenous inmates transferring to the outside community.

“I’m pleased to announce that Summit Employment and Training and Junee Correctional Centre have identified the first five participants to take part in this innovative pre-release program,” Senator Arbib said.

“The Junee Correctional Centre Project will enable Summit Employment to deliver job training, mentoring and work experience that will lead to jobs for the participants on their release to the community.

“The program will ensure participants released will have links to appropriate support services, have relevant work experience, an employer referee and a possible job placement.

“One of the best ways to stop reoffending is to ensure inmates who are released have access to employment.”

Senator Arbib said Summit Employment has received $186,000 funding through the Indigenous Employment Program to undertake this project which aims to reduce the rate of prisoners reoffending.

“I look forward to seeing positive results from this program and to seeing the participants take advantage of this opportunity,” Senator Arbib said.

“Indigenous employment is not a short-term issue. Over the next four years the Australian Government has committed almost $650 million to the Indigenous Employment Program and $50 million to the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway Program.

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