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Streamlined service to deliver stronger employment and training outcomes for Indigenous Australians

Ministers:

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, today announced a new process under the Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) to further strengthen Indigenous employment and economic development opportunities.

From 1 July 2013, the process for identifying IEP funding priorities will become more structured and transparent, including the introduction of assessment criteria based on existing IEP principles and moving to four assessment and announcement periods throughout the year.

This will ensure IEP investment is targeted to areas of greatest need and opportunity and maximises the program’s contribution towards meeting the Government’s Closing the Gap employment target.

“The IEP continues to be a great success, delivering significant employment and economic development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people," Ms Collins said.

“The strong performance of the program has led to increased interest from employers, panel members and Indigenous businesses.

“The new process has been developed following national consultation and will manage the increased demand more effectively, as well as provide greater certainty and transparency to businesses about how decisions are made and the support available to them.”

The first application period under the new process will be open from 1 July to 9 August 2013. To support the transition to the new assessment process, information sessions covering the changes in detail will be run nationally from 1–12 July 2013.

Information about the IEP, the introduction of the new application and assessment processes and information sessions is available at http://deewr.gov.au/indigenous-employment-program-iep.

The Australian Government will invest more than $640 million to IEP over the four years to 2015–16.