Release type: Joint Media Release

Date:

Supporting communities and job seekers in remote Australia

Ministers:

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
The Hon Warren Snowdon MP
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development

Sixteen organisations will share in $4.6 million from the Labor Government’s Community Development Fund to help deliver projects to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, participation and community development in remote communities across Australia.

The Australian Government recognises the important role local organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses play in fostering community and economic development and social cohesion across remote Australia.

The Government will also invest a further $22.5 million through the Community Development Fund over the coming weeks to support organisations to continue to deliver key community services and activities in remote communities and support Indigenous employment and participation.

The grants from the Community Development Fund are an integral part of the Government’s new $1.5 billion Remote Jobs and Communities Program.

As part of the grants announced today, 16 organisations will share in around $4.6 million to help strengthen communities and to support community development.

These projects will address the specific needs and priorities of communities, and the challenges faced by job seekers and employers in remote areas.

Projects being funded include $230,074 for Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation to develop infrastructure and staff capacity for two bakeries to generate ongoing employment opportunities in the Milingimbi and Raminginging regions in the Northern Territory.

Other projects funded include $100,000 to Alawa Aboriginal Corporation to help deliver welding and motor vehicle maintenance courses in Ngukurr and Numbulwar in the Northern Territory, and $200,000 for the University of New England to deliver an adult literacy campaign in Engonia, Bourke and Wilcannia in New South Wales.

The Remote Jobs and Communities Program, which begun on 1 July 2013, will deliver a more streamlined and flexible approach to employment, participation and community development services in regions across remote Australia.

It will help people transition into jobs with proper wages and conditions and build sustainable communities.

Job seekers will be assisted by a single employment provider with a permanent presence in their region to ensure they are better supported to get the skills needed to get and keep a job. People who are not working will participate in activities that contribute to developing strong communities.