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Building Indigenous futures in the construction industry

The Australian Government is supporting a forum looking at strategies to further increase Indigenous employment in the Australian building and construction industry in New South Wales.

Around 90 people, including Indigenous builders, tradespeople and building organisations, are taking part in the Building Futures, Moving Forward forum, being held in Arrawarra.

Guest speakers will discuss business development, government requirements, project management, finance, quality assurance and training opportunities.

The Australian Government has provided $44,698 towards the event which is being held in collaboration with the NSW Department of State and Regional Development.

Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, welcomed the initiative which supports the Government’s objective to increase Indigenous employment.

“Forums such as these are important in identifying pathways for Indigenous people to enter and develop a career in the workforce,” said Mr O’Connor.

“The construction industry is a major industry and this forum aims to develop an action plan to attract and retain Indigenous people as builders, tradespeople and business owners in the sector.”

Mr O’Connor said the Australian Government is supporting the development of a comprehensive industry strategy for Indigenous employment in the construction industry, incorporating successful elements from strategies used in the mining and other sectors.

Earlier this year the Master Builders Association and the Australian Contractors Association joined with the Australian Government in hosting a workshop with some of Australia’s major construction companies looking at ways to increase the number of Indigenous people pursuing careers in the sector.

“The Government is committed to employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians,” he said.

“We want to halve the employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade by creating job opportunities and giving Indigenous people the skills and training they need to get and keep a job.”