Joint Media Release with the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, and Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon. Brendan O’Connor MP, today praised participants of the Australian Government’s first Defence Indigenous Pre-Recruitment Course (IPRC).
“The Defence IPRC was launched in August this year as a way of ensuring that Indigenous job seekers are well prepared for a career in the Australian Defence Force.
“The first course has graduated and all participants should be justly proud of their achievement in completing the course, irrespective of whether they join the ADF or find employment elsewhere,” Mr Snowdon said.
“The 8 week course has focused on numeracy and English literacy, aptitude, confidence building, motivation, discipline, leadership, communication and skills to live away from home, as well as giving participants a quick taste of ADF life.
“I am confident that the IPRC has helped to reinforce the Defence values of professionalism, loyalty, integrity, courage, innovation and teamwork in these promising young Indigenous men and women.
“The experiences they have had on the course will no doubt carry through to their personal and professional lives.”
Mr O’Connor said the IPRC is a joint Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Defence initiative and supports the Government’s aim to close the gap in Indigenous education, employment and life outcomes.
He said the Bindal Sharks United Sports and Recreation Aboriginal Corporation in Townsville delivered the eight week course and played an important part in the success of the course.
“The joint efforts from the Bindal Sharks and Defence have helped to make the trial an outstanding success, with 15 Indigenous participants graduating from the pre-recruitment course last month, 10 of whom are already successfully through the early stages of the ADF recruiting process,” Mr O’Connor said.
“Due to the great results of the Townsville trial, at least two more courses will be held next year with the first in Newcastle, New South Wales in February and the second in Shepparton, Victoria in April.
"This project is a great example of how the Rudd Government is working to ensure that, in partnership with Indigenous Australians, we can close the gap in educational, employment and life outcomes.”