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Former Origin Greats promote jobs in Toowoomba


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

Former Origin Greats promoting job opportunities for young Indigenous job seekers will stage their last expo of the year tomorrow with the help of local industry and businesses in Toowoomba.

Origin great and FOGS Chairman Gene Miles will be at the Toowoomba Indigenous Employment and Career Expo and be joined by origin legends including Allan Langer, Michael Hancock, Colin Scott, Gary Belcher, Tony Currie and Steve Price.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins, said the Career Expos are a great chance for young Indigenous Australians to connect with employers and training providers and consider their career pathways.

“This is the seventh and last FOGS Expo of the year, but the Origin legends will be back next year with continued funding from the Australian Government,” Ms Collins said.

“Like all the previous expos this year, there’s been an overwhelming response from the local business community to the Toowoomba event tomorrow.

“They have embraced the expo and this year we have more than 35 exhibitors.  

“We are expecting over 900 Indigenous school leavers and job seekers from the local region to attend.

“They’ll be able to speak with representatives from organisations such as Arrow Energy and the University of Southern Queensland.

“The aim is to link up local people with local jobs and I’m sure the expo will deliver good outcomes and opportunities for the Toowoomba community.”

The FOGS Expos are in their fourth year and are an integral part of promoting the Government’s Learn Earn Legend! campaign, encouraging young people to stay in school, find a job and become leaders in their communities.

“These expos generate positive results,” Ms Collins said. “In 2011, 496 Indigenous people who attended Expos were placed into employment or training," Ms Collins said.

“This is an average of more than 70 employment and training outcomes per expo.”

The Australian Government has committed more than $2.4 million to FOGS to support 21 events in 2012 and 2013, including the Employment and Careers Expos, employment forums and corporate events.

The FOGS Employment and Careers Expos for 2012 were:

  • Cairns, 21 March, Cairns Convention Centre
  • Sunshine Coast, 18 April, Lake Kawana Community Centre
  • Mackay, 30 May, Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
  • Townsville, 25 July, Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre
  • Rockhampton, 15 August, Rockhampton Showgrounds
  • Brisbane, 12 September, Suncorp Stadium
  • Toowoomba, 17 October, Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre. 

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