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NSW Origin Legends help inspire young Indigenous Australians in Mt Druitt

Ministers:

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

The NSW Origin Legends Indigenous Jobs Market at Mt Druitt today is bringing together more than 80 organisations, including regional and national employers, with the support of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.

It is expected about 1000 job seekers and senior school students will attend the job market to promote job opportunities to local Indigenous people.

Representing the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib, Member for Chifley Ed Husic spoke at the opening of the Mt Druitt event, now in its 10th year.

“NSW Origin Legends do a fantastic job as part of the Learn. Earn. Legend! Initiative to encourage young Indigenous Australians to stay in school or training and strive for a career, becoming legends in their communities,” Mr Husic said.

“The NSW Origin Legends are a non-profit organisation which engages with Indigenous communities and uses former Rugby League Origin Legends as role models to promote education and employment pathways.”

Senator Arbib said the Australian Government, through the Indigenous Employment Program, provided $280 000 to the NSW Origin Legends to run two Indigenous Jobs Markets this year in Mt Druitt and Bathurst.

“NSW Origin Legends’ efforts and dedication to building sustainable employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians are to be praised. I encourage other organisations to follow their lead,” Senator Arbib said.

“These Indigenous Jobs Markets are a great way of bringing together employers and jobseekers to open new or better job opportunities for you, your family and your community.”

Senator Arbib said Treasury 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 Australian Government has committed almost $650 million to the Indigenous Employment Program and $50 million to the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway 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.”