Indigenous Employment: Review of Indigenous Training and Employment Programmes

Indigenous Unemployment will be addressed as part of the Review of Indigenous Training and Employment Programmes conducted by the Australian Government. With the goal to boost Indigenous employment. The Review will consider ways that training and employment services can better link to the commitment of employers to improve opportunities for Indigenous people to end the cycle of disadvantage. It will be led by Mr Andrew Forrest and report to the Prime Minister by April 2014, with recommendations on how Indigenous training and employment services can be better targeted and administered to connect unemployed Indigenous Australians with real and sustainable jobs.

There is a major gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Compared to other Australians, Indigenous Australians : •are three times more likely to be unemployed (17. 2 per cent compared to 5.5 per cent); •have a lower employment rate (46.2 per cent compared to 72.2 per cent); and •face multiple barriers to employment and are much less likely to be participating in the labour market.

The Review is led by Mr Andrew Forrest who will work with Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr Alan Tudge MP to provide recommendations to the Prime Minister within six months. They will be supported by Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The Review will consider issues such as: •the best models for supporting sustainable employment outcomes; including the role of pre-employment training, post-placement support and barriers to sustainable employment •key drivers of “training for trainings sake”; •the value of training and employment policies and programs for Indigenous people; •the interaction between mainstream and Indigenous training and employment programs and services; and •programme performance, accountability and information.

Read More The final report will be released in April 2014

Many organisation like Accor have been running Indigenous employment programs, it’s Indigenous Job Ready Program is a fun five-day program comprised of a mixture of classroom-based learning and hands-on work experience in the hotel industry.  Read More  about Accor

Indigenous Employment  will be addressed at an upcoming conference on Long Term Unemployment. The Call for Papers is now open, we welcome abstract submissions on indigenous employment and related issues to Long Term Unemployment.

Indigenous Employment Programs
Indigenous Employment Programs


The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014, is a national conference focusing on at risk groups for Long-Term Unemployment | Mature Age | Youth | Indigenous | Disability | Regional . The conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise.

Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference is an initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, an incorporated non-government, not for profit organisation. 

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