The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) supported seven Torres Strait Islanders through funding for travel and accommodation expenses, to participate in a three-day climate change leadership training opportunity held in Brisbane this month.
Jobs, Land and Economy
Having a job helps people build the future they want for their families and their communities.
Supporting people to find and stay in 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 who have work
- train more people for local jobs in their communities
- support Indigenous rangers to manage land and sea country
- progress land and Native Title claims
- negotiate more community held township leases.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to start or grow their own business, the Australian Government is providing practical support through the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy (IBSS). Indigenous businesses will be able to access business support, financial support and networks through the IBSS. In addition, the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Fund helps Indigenous Australians start up or grow their business, by providing access to business advisors and grants to purchase plant and equipment. For more information, go to Indigenous Business Sector Strategy.
The government introduced the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) on 1 July 2015 to give Indigenous businesses greater opportunity at winning Commonwealth contracts. The IPP leverages the Commonwealth’s annual multi-billion procurement spend to drive demand for Indigenous goods and services, stimulate Indigenous economic development and grow the Indigenous business sector. For more information refer to Indigenous Procurement Policy.
The Government works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to help you 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.
The next Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funding round will open on Monday 1 July 2019 and close Friday 23 August 2019.
A partnership in training and employment will take sports to the next level for Thursday Islanders with the completion of Wongai Multi-Purpose Courts upgrade, supported by Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and My Pathway.
Many different organisations and government agencies are working with communities to achieve real results in jobs, land and economy. Visit the websites below to find out more:
- Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Attorney General’s Department
- Australian Public Service Commission
- Department of Employment
- Department of Human Services
- Department of the Environment
- Generation One
- Indigenous Business Australia
- Indigenous Careers
- Indigenous Jobs Australia
- Indigenous Land Corporation
- Supply Nation