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Jobs, Land and Economy

Having a job helps people build the future they want for their families and their communities.

Getting adults into work and making sure everyone has the opportunity to own your own home, run your own business, and provide for yourself and your families will mean a strong future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

To make this happen, government and communities need to work together to:

  • Increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in real jobs
  • Train more people for local jobs in their communities
  • Help more people get jobs as Indigenous rangers
  • Progress land and Native Title claims
  • Negotiate more township leases.

The Government wants to work together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, so you can build your future your way. Different communities will have different priorities and different ways they want to develop and sustain economic independence in their region.

Recent stories

Elderly Indigenous male ranger and three Indigenous young men in a bush setting, twisting multiple long thin pieces of bark into one bush string.
20 Oct 2016

Landcare champions, the Crocodile Islands Rangers have developed a strong relationship with Traditional Owners and the community of Milingimbi to keep the culture strong, engage the community in weed and pest management, and create a sanctuary for important bird species and turtles.

Man in safety vest in wood workshop
19 Oct 2016

Ryan Johnston recently entered the Australian Government’s Community Development Programme (CDP) as an unemployed man with few qualifications. As part of his CDP activities, Ryan started training in woodwork, found he had an aptitude for it and has built some furniture for a local grandmother and some easels for the Karratha library.

Cobar CDP participants enjoy getting their hands dirty in seed propagation
11 Oct 2016

Ben Brown is a young man who, thanks to the Australian Government’s Community Development Programme (CDP), has gone from being unemployed to one of the youngest CDP Supervisors in the Upper Darling region of New South Wales.