Green light for jobs boost plan
THE first Indigenous Training, Employment and Supplier Plan has been approved by the Federal Government as part of its policy to halve indigenous unemployment within a decade.
The plan requires companies based in regions with significant Aboriginal populations – and which bid for government contracts – to train and employ indigenous people and use indigenous suppliers.
The aim is to help create employment opportunities and support growth in indigenous business.
Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Minister Mark Arbib says government procurement can help bring about change, particularly in regional and remote communities.
‘‘It will ensure that indigenous employment and training and supplier use becomes standard business practice for companies that tender for government work,’’ he says.
Information sessions about the plan will be held throughout May and will allow stakeholders to provide feedback.
Participants must register for the information sessions.
Further details about sessions and guidelines are available at www.deewr.gov.au/iop.