Minister for Indigenous Affairs - Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion
Member for Swan - The Hon. Steve Irons MP
Monadelphous is the latest Australian business that has signed onto the Commonwealth Government’s Employment Parity Initiative (EPI), committing to 200 new Indigenous jobs to grow its workforce.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion and Member for Swan, Steve Irons announced the new public-private partnership at a ceremony at Monadelphous’ premises in Perth today.
Monadelphous is an Australian engineering company providing construction, maintenance and industrial services to the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors, operating primarily in Western Australia and Queensland.
“The EPI is an important element of the Coalition Government’s $4.9 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy, involving partnerships with Australia’s largest employers to reach employment parity, by lifting their Indigenous workforce rates to 3 per cent,” said Minister Scullion.
“Under the EPI, the Coalition Government helps some of Australia’s largest employers with any additional costs of employing and retaining disadvantaged, long-term unemployed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers.
“The partnership we are announcing today will result in an additional 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers moving from welfare into the dignity of work, and I congratulate Monadelphous on their commitment to this outcome.
“Monadelphous targets highly disadvantaged jobseekers and has a strong track record in its recruitment, training, support and retention efforts. Career pathways are actively being built for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to advance within the organisation.”
Local Member, Steve Irons MP welcomed this exciting new initiative as a fantastic pathway for jobseekers in the electorate of Swan to find work.
“Monadelphous is a fantastic local business that through this commitment is making an important contribution to closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage,” said Mr Irons.
“This new investment will make a real difference particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers in Swan.”
Managing Director of Monadelphous, Rob Velletri, said the organisation is proud to be a part of the EPI and continue its commitment to creating opportunities for First Australians.
“The Initiative will support Monadelphous in providing more job opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and increasing our Indigenous employment to over three per cent, in line with our recently launched Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan,” Mr Velletri said.