Nationals funding boosts job prospects for Indigenous locals

Release Date: 
13 March 2019
Media release

The Nationals in Government is providing a $1 million boost to Indigenous job seekers in Mildura and the surrounding regions through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

Sunraysia Regional Consulting will receive more than $1 million in Tailored Assistance Employment Grants to continue delivering its Indigenous Employment Program for at least another three years.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said as many as 110 Indigenous job seekers will be able to access training placements and work on horticulture, construction, transport and energy projects in north-west Victoria.

“The Nationals believe that giving all Australians an opportunity to get a job and keep a job is the best way to improve their lives and the lives of their families and communities.

“There is no question that our Tailored Assistance Employment Grants create employment, more opportunities and help to create a stronger economy,” Minister Scullion said today.

Nationals Candidate for Mallee, Anne Webster, said that Tailored Assistance Employment Grants provide funding support to employers and service providers to connect working age Indigenous Australians with real and sustainable jobs, as well as assisting Indigenous school students to transition from education into sustainable employment.

“Sunraysia Regional Consulting has been delivering employment programs since 2003 and has a strong track record of getting results for its clients, which is why we’re providing this funding.

“They have placed hundreds of Indigenous job seekers into employment and helped many stay in jobs for at least six months, which is an excellent outcome.

“I am proud to welcome this new investment that will ensure 110 Indigenous job seekers from the Sunraysia district will be supported into meaningful employment,” Ms Webster said today.

Since 2016, the Government has invested $82 million to fund 91 employment projects through the Tailored Assistance Employment Grants program, resulting in almost 9,000 jobs across Australia.

Almost 7,000 Indigenous job seekers have commenced employment through the program – more than half of whom have retained employment for at least 26 weeks.

“We want all Australians to be making a difference in their community and we are making that a reality by creating more job opportunities in remote Australia.”