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Indigenous Jobs Australia
Powering the cycle of success
By ANDREW ETHERD
The Australian economy has come
through the global financial crisis in
better shape than most, and unem-
ployment has dropped below five
per cent. These ought to be good
times for one and all, but this broad
statistical brush does not paint a true
picture. While about nine percent of
youth in the general population are
not working or undergoing educa-
tion, the figure is 29 per cent for
indigenous youth. This situation has
long been recognised as unaccept-
able, but workable solutions have
Recognising that good inten-
tions and buckets of funding were
not enough, a group of people who
are experts at 'getting things done'
founded Generation One as a move-
ment to bring all Australians togeth-
er to end the disparity between indig-
enous and non-indigenous Australia,
and to do it in one generation.
Education is the key element in
the Generation One 'employment
life-cycle'. With a school education
behind you, training becomes pos-
sible, training leads to employment,
and mentoring along the way helps
ease the transitions.
One of the many stories of suc-
cess to be found on the One Genera-
tion website is that of Tania Major, the
Generation One spokesperson and
Young Australian of the Year 2007.
Growing up in a remote Queensland
settlement, Ms Major's mother
insisted she attend school, which led
to a scholarship place in a Brisbane
The shock of the transition from
carefree settlement life and low-pres-
sure education, to the routine and
exacting standards of the new school
was almost too much for Ms Major.
She held firm, however, and today
her strength and talent are dedicated
to the Generation One project, bring-
ing about real change in the lives and
circumstances of indigenous Austra-
lians, through Generation One and
her own consulting company.
Growing up in Tamworth, working
in a bank was not something young
Benson Saulo had considered, until
he was offered a traineeship by ANZ.
''I was on an indigenous trainee-
ship. When I completed high school,
I finished off the traineeship, then
moved to Sydney where I studied
business at the University of Technol-
ogy and worked part time at ANZ's
Foreign Exchange Office. When I was
19 turning 20, I got a promotion to as-
sistant manager in Business Banking.
I worked on customers from about
half a million up to about six million.''
That in itself constitutes a suc-
cess story, but it doesn't end there.
''I have had the amazing privilege of
being appointed the 2011 Australian
Youth Representative to the United
Nations. It is a huge honour, I am the
first indigenous Australian to be ap-
pointed since this role began in 1999.
''I'm concentrating on four key is-
sues: indigenous affairs, education,
employment, and health. The main
focus for health will be around men-
tal health. Indigenous affairs is a big
passion of mine, a lot of the issues I'll
be touching on throughout the tour
will be linking back into that.''
Benson Saulo, Youth Ambassador to the United Nations.
Pic: Kate Sutton
Tania Major, Generation One spokesperson and Young Australian of the Year 2007. Pic: Kate Sutton
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