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Microsoft Partnership to create Indigenous job opportunities

The Australian Government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft Australia to create valuable employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

At a ceremony at Parliament House, the Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, welcomed Microsoft Australia as a signatory to the Australian Government’s Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment Project.

Mr O’Connor said today’s signing means that 95 Australian companies have now committed to creating employment, career pathways and business opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

"This exciting new partnership will open the door to career pathways and employment and business opportunities for many Indigenous Australians," Mr O’Connor said.

"The Corporate Leaders Project aims to encourage private sector companies to develop a strategic approach to generating more jobs for Indigenous Australians.

"Corporate Leader companies that have already joined are from a range of different industries such as mining, energy, banking and retail.

"Today’s MOU signing is yet another step in Microsoft’s commitment to helping Indigenous Australians into jobs."

Mr O’Connor said Microsoft had already developed a partnership with the Yarnteen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation to provide computer access and connectivity to more than 50 Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) providers across Australia.

The Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment Project is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to developing strong ties with corporate Australia and Indigenous communities to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment.