Indigenous Employment policy must change to close employment gap

Parliamentary Secretary Tudge: Policies must change to close employment gap.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, The Hon Alan Tudge MP, said that new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows a fall in Australia’s Indigenous employment rate, despite a continuing increase in the non-indigenous rate.

“In 2008, the then government promised to halve the Indigenous employment gap within a decade, but we are now past the halfway mark and the gap has widened by 2.8 per cent,” he said.

“This is despite a positive trend in indigenous employment spanning over fifteen years prior to 2008.

“Almost half of all working age Indigenous Australians receive welfare as their main source of income.

“Our objective is to reverse the reliance on passive welfare and support more Indigenous Australians into work.”

Despite an increase in the actual number of Indigenous people working since 2008, jobs growth has not kept up with the indigenous population increase. If this trend continues, the proportion of Indigenous people employed will continue to fall.

Only 46 per cent of the Indigenous working age population are in jobs today.

“Employment is the motor of reconciliation. People who are employed tend to have better health, housing and general well-being. We must lift the indigenous employment rate to address our nation’s greatest social inequity.”

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Indigenous Employment policy and programs will be discussed at the Long Term Unemployment Conference

This conference will address the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at risk groups: Disability, Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies.

Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The 2 day conference will feature keynote presentations and 4 streams on long term unemployment issues. Please click on the link for the Preliminary Program Released. For more information about the conference please visit the website or call the conference secretariat on 61 7) 5502 2068.