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Employment program sees ROCKSTARs in the making


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

The Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins MP, today welcomed the launch of an innovative program to prepare, train and employ 300 Indigenous job seekers for work in the construction industry.

The ‘Resources Opportunities and Careers - Kick Starting Tomorrow’s Aboriginal Role-models’ (ROCKSTAR) Indigenous Employment Program has been developed by and will be run by Macmahon Holdings and its subsidiary Doorn-Djil Yoordaning across their operations throughout Australia.

The Australian Government has committed almost $4.4 million to the four-year project through its Indigenous Employment Program.

Member for Brand, the Hon Gary Gray AO, MP officially launched the project in Welshpool, Perth today.

ROCKSTAR participants (aged between 18 and 50 +) undertake a six-week intensive life skills program, and also train for certificate-level qualifications in areas such as elevated work platforms, forklift tickets and working at heights.  

“The Australian Government will continue to invest in IEP project initiatives such as ROCKSTAR,” Ms Collins said.

“The Indigenous Employment Program is a significant part of our commitment to closing the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

“We are investing $650 million over four years in the Program – and it is already delivering excellent results.

“In its two-and-a-half years, the IEP has placed 70,800 Indigenous Australians in a job or a training course. The 32,800 job placements have exceeded the program’s targets by 14 per cent,” Ms Collins said.

Mr Gray said many of those taking part in the ROCKSTAR program are disadvantaged jobs seekers.

“They will be employed in a variety of roles - including construction trainees, labourers, truck drivers and plant operators,” Mr Gray said.

“ROCKSTAR will literally take participants to great heights. Training and job experience could include working on elevated work platforms and gaining forklift tickets. 

“Of the 300 trainees, 138 will also learn about goal setting and communication and get a minimum of a Certificate I qualification at the end of their training.

“And the program covers all of Australia - those already employed have joined from around the country, from places like Alice Springs, Gladstone, inner Sydney, Riverland, Bendigo, Perth and Kununurra,” Mr Gray said.

For more information about the Indigenous Employment Program, visit