Green light for jobs boost plan

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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.

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