Lorraine Oldridge (second from the left) with fellow VTEC participants at their graduation in Perth.

Eighteen VTEC participants graduated at a ceremony in Perth earlier this month, ready to start work with Sodexo. At nearly 60 years of age, graduate Lorraine Oldridge can still hardly believe she’s found a fulltime job.

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The Australian Government has today announced funding of more than $3 million for 59 projects that help keep Indigenous languages alive and showcase Australia's traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultural and artistic expressions.

"Art is essential to any culture, creating a sense of cultural identity and pride and these projects play an important role in helping to sustain and strengthen our Indigenous communities," Minister Fifield said.

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