Release type: Joint Media Release


Former Origin Greats promote jobs in Mount Isa


The Hon Julie Collins MP
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development

Former Origin Greats (FOGS) including Gene Miles and Gary Belcher will help promote job opportunities for more than 1000 young Indigenous job seekers and students in Mount Isa today.

"Last year, more than 16,600 young job seekers attended the popular FOGS Expos in Queensland,” Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins said.

"The expos are a great opportunity for young Indigenous Australians to connect with employers and training providers, and consider their career pathways.”

Queensland Senator Jan McLucas said there had been a great response from the local community to this year’s expo—one of seven to be held across Queensland this year.

"It is really encouraging to see the Mount Isa business community working to help close the gap for young Indigenous people,” said Senator McLucas.

There are more than 30 exhibitors at today’s expo—school leavers and job seekers will be able to speak with representatives from many organisations including Mount Isa Group Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Employment, Woolworths, Defence Force Recruiting, Queensland University of Technology, Master Electricians Australia, Construction Skills Queensland and the Department of Community Safety.

"Some of Queensland’s best rugby league players, including FOGS Chairman Gene Miles, Kerrod Walters, Steve Price, Colin Scott, Sam Backo and Michael Hancock will be at today’s expo to speak with young people about the importance of getting a job and having a career,” Senator McLucas said.

Ms Collins said the FOGS expos are a key element of the Gillard Government’s Learn Earn Legend! campaign to increase the number of Indigenous people in long-term employment by encouraging young people to stay in school or training.

"Following the success of the 2010 and 2011 Expos, we have committed more than $2.4 million to 21 FOGS events in 2012 and 2013 including employment forums, corporate events and expos like this one,” Ms Collins said.

"The FOGS partnership is all about encouraging young Indigenous people to stay in school and highlighting the benefits of securing a job and possibly becoming a leader in their own community.”

The FOGS expos are part of the Gillard Government's commitment to close the gap on Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment outcomes.

2013 FOGS Employment and Career Expos

  • Townsville, 23 July, Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre
  • Rockhampton, 14 August, Rockhampton Showgrounds
  • Toowoomba, 11 September, Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre
  • Brisbane, 17 October, Suncorp Stadium.