Release type: Joint Media Release


Tailored support to help Groote Eylandters get into construction


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

The Australian Government has provided funding to deliver training and dedicated employment support to 30 Aboriginal workers on Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Mark Arbib and Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said the $395,000 project to upskill workers will be managed by Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises (GEBIE) Civil and Construction.

“The project will provide accredited and non-accredited training to Aboriginal workers, creating valuable transferrable skills to work on upcoming construction projects and pursue further employment opportunities on Groote Eylandt,” Senator Arbib said.

“Early this year I visited Groote Eylandt and saw the fantastic work GEIBIE Civil and Construction are doing to provide long term skills and job opportunities for Aboriginal Australians.

“The training this project provides will support the long term economic sustainability of the Groote Eylandt community and will help maintain job opportunities for Aboriginal workers. 

“Through partnerships with the local Job Services Australia provider, GEBIE Job Shop, and Angurugu School and Registered Training Organisations, employees of GEBIE Civil and Construction, will receive training in welding, fabrication, construction, civil works, literacy and numeracy, first aid and nationally recognised OH&S white card.”

Mr Snowdon said tailored mentoring support will be provided by to assist the project’s participants to retain employment.

“Locals on Groote Eylandt face many barriers to employment including, transport, family considerations and understanding of the work environment. I am particularly pleased that support will be provided to assist people with literacy and numeracy,” Mr Snowdon said.

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.”