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Employers help to Close the Gap

Ministers:

The Hon Julie Collins MP
Minister for Community Services, Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for the Status of Women

Employers are making good progress in helping Indigenous jobseekers into employment with the assistance from the Gillard Government, including its Indigenous Employment Program (IEP).

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins, today attended the launch in Sydney of the Career Ready: Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC) policy paper, developed by GenerationOne, a public awareness campaign supported by the Australian Employment Covenant (AEC).

"GenerationOne’s policy paper reaffirms that many Indigenous job seekers face multiple barriers to getting a job and building a career,” Ms Collins said.

“It also acknowledges the significant contribution of the Gillard Government’s employment and training programs, which are having a real and positive effect.

“The GenerationOne paper highlights the achievements of some of the many successful employers supported by the IEP, including Crown Casino in Melbourne and Burswood Casino in Perth, and Karen Sheldon Catering in the Northern Territory.

“These providers have built highly successful Indigenous workforce development programs for their organisations, and show how well the system can work when strong partnerships are established between employers, providers and government.

"These IEP case studies should be held up as the standard for businesses across Australia, providing a service that all Indigenous job seekers and employers can have confidence in.”

Ms Collins said it was essential that business and government continued to work together to develop the best employment and training opportunities for Indigenous jobseekers.

 “Closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment is a high priority for the Gillard Government,” Ms Collins said.

 “It is critical that Indigenous Australians can access the support and training needed for employment opportunities.

 “Over the next four years the Gillard Government is investing $650 million to the IEP and $50 million to the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway Program.

“The IEP has made significant progress since the Government introduced reforms to make it more flexible and responsive to the needs of employers, Indigenous Australians and their communities.

 “Between 1 July 2009 and 31 December 2011, it placed almost 71,000 Indigenous Australians in employment and training related activities, including more 32,800 people placed in employment.

“The IEP is part of our target to create more than 100,000 jobs for Indigenous Australians by 2018.

“This is ambitious, but we are committed to working closely with employers and key stakeholders to meet this challenge.”

 To view the policy paper, visit: www.generationone.org.au