Employment targets for Aboriginal people in government services in remote communities across Australia’s Northern Territory will be set under a national Stronger Futures programme with AUS$3.4bn funding (£2.2bn).
“Delivering more local jobs and better employment outcomes for Aboriginal people is a priority for the Australian government,” said minister for indigenous affairs Jenny Macklin yesterday.
She added: “The employment targets will be designed to reflect the circumstances of the communities where the services are being delivered.”
The programme will also see “a strong focus on using local Aboriginal organisations where possible to deliver services, including building up their capacity over time to take on additional services and deliver them more effectively”, a government news release says.
Macklin was speaking at Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service in Katherine, Northern Territory, which currently employs 52 indigenous people in an 87-member team.
As previously reported by Recruiter
, employment of Aboriginals is an ongoing priority for the Australian government, and has touched upon policing
in recent initiatives.