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Indigenous Jobs Australia
In the wake of the 1967 referendum which recognised Indige-
nous people as genuine Australians, a range of new job oppor-
tunities have progressively emerged for Indigenous workers.
Opportunities opened up in various manual and government
roles, but the combination of national support for reconciliation
and growth in education opportunities for Indigenous young
people have generated a far more diverse range of job options
While corporate Australia recognises that Indigenous
Australians can fill roles at all levels of an organisation, there is
increasing job demand driven by the cultural expertise and geo-
graphic location of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Despite these areas of growth, other sectors of the econ-
omy have reduced their Indigenous workforce --- posing a
challenge for all Australians to consider. In 2006, 57 per cent of
Indigenous men aged over 15 had jobs, but this proportion had
slumped to 51 per cent of Indigenous men by 2009. Similarly,
44 per cent of Indigenous women over 15 had jobs in 2006, but
by 2009, just 40 per cent of women were in work.
To drive improved Indigenous employment rates and better
outcomes for Indigenous communities, the Federal Govern-
ment identified seven key pillars for development in its May
Budget, including the important issue of leadership training.
The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, which is the
only provider of accredited Indigenous leadership training
across the country, is making important steps in the right direc-
tion --- training more than 800 Indigenous people in key work-
place competencies, including communication, analysis and
The results speak for themselves --- transforming hundreds
of individuals and in the process, hundreds of communities.
But ongoing support and opportunity is also vital in order to
realise the potential of this new group of graduates --- so corpo-
rate Australia has opened its doors and its wallets to help the
Centre set up a new alumni group, Leadership Plus --- giving ris-
ing Indigenous stars the opportunities, mentoring and ongoing
support that are afforded to talented non-Indigenous workers.
Leadership Plus, already developed as Australia's most influ-
ential alumni network, is the sort of development that is critical
in order to turn 'Indigenous jobs' into just 'jobs'. To extend the
career aspirations and opportunities for Indigenous Australians
across every sphere of government and industry in the nation.
In the booming Australian minerals industry, large
corporations are rapidly realising the benefits of training and
recruiting Indigenous people who live near remote mine sites.
This approach not only saves money in sustaining fly-in-fly-out
mining operations, it also helps support the local community
--- and has become an increasingly important part of land use
agreements with native title holders.
In the Arts industry, growing international interest in
Indigenous art, crafts and dance has led to a wide range of new
With 70 per cent of Indigenous Australians under the age of
25 and an increasing commitment to lifting the participation
rate in education, the broader Australian economy is already
seeing an increasing number of qualified, capable indigenous
young people applying for new roles across the economy.
While further training, further encouragement and more
opportunities are clearly required to enable young Indigenous
people to say they compete on a genuinely level playing field,
the career progression of a generation of young Indigenous
people in a myriad of careers is demonstrating a positive trend
--- growing the number of Indigenous people in significant
In this special MyCareer feature, designed to support this
growing and positive trend, we aim to provide organisations
with an avenue to promote their Indigenous programs, and a
valuable resource to assist in providing career opportunities to
the Indigenous Community.
We do hope you enjoy this special magazine.
3 Chamber of Commerce
5 Aboriginal Employment Strategy
6 Australian Public Service Commission
8 Australian Indigenous Jobs Website
10 UnitingCare Children, Young People
12 Jobfinder Australia
13 Dept Of Justice
14 Parks Victoria
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