A South Australian University is taking a leadership role in improving employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, today visited the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research at Flinders University, which was the first higher education institution in Australia to become a Corporate Leader for Indigenous Employment Projects.
During today’s visit, Mr O’Connor met with participants of a Structure Training and Employment Project, which the Australian Government provided $152, 250 in funding.
Of the 19 participants in the STEP program, 13 have successfully been employed with the university in highly skilled positions including Lecturers, Research Associates and Academic Advisors.
“Flinders University has been a leader in many fields for many years and is now emerging as a leading university in employing Indigenous people in highly skilled jobs,” Mr O’Connor said.
“It has developed an Employment Strategy for Indigenous Australians which has significantly improved the recruitment, participation and retention of Indigenous people at the University.
“With the help of an Australian Government STEP project, Flinders has appointed an Indigenous Employment Co-ordinator and been able to attract highly skilled Indigenous staff to highly skilled positions.”
Mr O’Connor said that providing better access to both public and private sector jobs was crucial in securing economic independence for Indigenous Australians.
The Australian Government is committed to halving 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.
“I look forward to Flinders University continuing to work with the Government to further explore opportunities for employment and other economic activities for Indigenous people in higher education,” he said.