Review of Indigenous training and employment

The Federal Government has commissioned a review of Indigenous training and employment programmes.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Government was committed to boosting job opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

“Too often, employment and training programmes provide ‘training for training’s sake’ without the practical skills that people need to fill the jobs that exist,” Mr Abbott said.

“It is important that attention be given not just to skills training, but practical life education and ongoing mentoring to make sure jobs are lasting and careers are developed for Indigenous Australians.

“This review will provide recommendations to ensure indigenous training and employment services are targeted and administered to connect unemployed indigenous people with real and sustainable jobs.

“It will consider ways that training and employment services can better link to the commitment of employers to provide sustainable employment opportunities for indigenous people and end the cycle of Indigenous disadvantage.

Australians yearn to see practical and genuine improvement in the lives of Aboriginal people.

“There is so much goodwill. The challenge, though, is to convert good intentions into practical change for the better.”

The Review of Indigenous Training and Employment will be chaired by Mr Andrew Forrest with policy and administrative support from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Parliamentary Secretary, the Hon. Alan Tudge MP, will guide and shape the Review process with Mr Forrest.

The Review will also work closely with the Government’s Indigenous Advisory Council and will report to the Prime Minister by 7 April 2014.

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Increasing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a critical component of Closing the Gap.