Release type: Joint Media Release

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Training and employment for Indigenous health workers

Ministers:

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

Twelve Indigenous Australians in Caboolture will get jobs and training in the health sector with the assistance of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and Senator for Queensland Mark Furner said the participants would complete a Certificate IV in Indigenous Health Services and move into employment with Murri Health Group Ltd.

“This project, which runs for 17 months, allows Indigenous Australians to undertake qualifications needed in the health industry and gain employment at an Indigenous health facility,” Senator Furner said.

“Participants will also receive mentoring and support which will help prepare them for jobs.”

Senator Arbib said the Australian Government was supporting the project with $188,000 from the Indigenous Employment Program.

“The project involves collaboration between Indigenous community organisations to provide a holistic approach to supporting Indigenous Australians to gain training and employment within the health sector,” Senator Arbib said.

“Murri Health Group Ltd is partnering with the Government to provide this job and training program.

“It is critical that Indigenous Australians have 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.

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