Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Julie Collins arrives in Western Australia’s Pilbara region today to get a first-hand look at Indigenous employment programs resources companies deliver with Australian Government support.
Ms Collins will visit sites run by Fortescue Metals Group, Ngarda Civil and Mining, Woodside Energy and Rio Tinto to see how the Government’s Indigenous Employment Program is preparing job seekers for work in the rapidly expanding mining, oil and gas sectors.
“This is an important opportunity to see how different models of job placement, training and support are implemented on the ground, and see the differences these programs make to individual job seekers, their families and communities,” Ms Collins said.
“The Government is working with employers and organisations such as these which support Indigenous employment so strongly.
“In combination, these four programs aim to provide more than 2300 jobs and over 2300 training opportunities, made possible by $28.5 million in Government funding.”
Since July 2009 the Government has supported around 200 projects, worth almost $131 million, to help drive Indigenous participation in the resources sector around Australia. This has resulted in over 5,100 job placements and 7,500 training placements.
“That’s why this Government will continue to invest in the IEP, Job Services Australia, and other programs that are helping reduce Indigenous disadvantage,” Ms Collins said.
The three-day visit to the region will include the towns of Port Hedland, Karratha and Roebourne. Ms Collins will also meet with a number of community organisations.
“These organisations provide great social benefit to Pilbara communities. It will be good to have the opportunity to see some of the vital work these groups do in the region,” Ms Collins said.
From 1 July 2013, the entire Pilbara region will be classified as remote under the new Remote Jobs and Communities Program.
The new Remote Jobs and Communities Program will replace and simplify the existing Job Services Australia, Community Development and Employment Program, Disability Employment Program and IEP in the region.
For more information on the Indigenous Employment Program, visit: www.deewr.gov.au/iep
Details of the Remote Jobs and Community Program are available at www.deewr.gov.au/employment