Breaking down barriers and finding better ways to support Indigenous Australians into work was the central focus of a meeting of Indigenous leaders, major employers and peak employer organisations in Canberra today.
The National Indigenous Employment Forum brought together approximately 100 key influencers from the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors with a shared focus on boosting employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash – who co-hosted the event with the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion – said that to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians it was critical to help more Indigenous Australians access the best form of welfare there is: a job.
"Since the Turnbull Government reformed the jobactive employment service in July 2015 to ensure it is more outcome-focused, we have successfully placed more than 47,000 Indigenous Australians into work," Minister Cash said.
"Young Indigenous Australians are also benefiting from the Transition to Work and Empowering YOUth Initiatives which also concentrate on providing participants with real skills for real jobs."
Minister Scullion said today’s forum was an important opportunity for stakeholders to share their experiences and insights to better understand what’s working and what’s not.
"Getting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into work is one of the Turnbull Government’s key priorities in Indigenous Affairs – along with ensuring children are attending school every day and making communities safer," Minister Scullion said.
"Closing the employment gap requires a concerted effort across Government, the private sector and communities.
"I thank everyone who participated in today’s event, which was a valuable opportunity to take away insights from people on the ground that will help us to better connect Indigenous Australians to job opportunities."