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Please see link below to the Indigenous Skills and Employment Program Discussion Paper (published in July 2021).


“The Australian Government is delivering substantial reforms in the 2021–22 Budget to secure Australia’s recovery, by helping Indigenous Australians into quality and long-lasting jobs, strengthening Indigenous businesses and community organisations, and backing its commitment to transform the way governments work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These reforms will help meet our collective commitment to strong economic participation and development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.

The new program will build on the most successful elements of the current Indigenous-specific employment programs, which will be phased out over 2022, and focus on skilling Indigenous Australians for in-demand jobs and supporting them to gain employment through a targeted engagement program.

Consultations will inform the final design of the package that will provide tailored, local investment, suited to local labour markets and able to respond to emerging employment opportunities in collaboration with states and territories, Indigenous communities, industry and business.

I strongly encourage you to consider this discussion paper and provide your views on how a new, targeted program can best create economic opportunity for Indigenous Australians across Australia.”

– Extract from Foreword from the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP