Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    Targets set to boost Aboriginal employment

    1/12/2016 12:10 PM
    • Mandatory regional targets for Aboriginal employment in public sector
    • Part of State Government's regional services reform in remote communities

    The State Government is set to generate hundreds of job opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional Western Australia, with changes to the way the public sector recruits staff, awards contracts and buys goods and services.


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman announced today the introduction of mandatory regional targets for Aboriginal employment, procurement and contracting at the Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference.


    "Jobs and business opportunities are big drivers of family and community wellbeing," Mr Redman said.


    "Yet many Aboriginal people are not seeing these benefits because they are far less likely to be employed than non-Aboriginal people, especially in regional and remote areas.  The public sector can help turn this around as a major employer, capital investor, asset manager and purchaser of goods and services in regional WA.


    "The sector has a responsibility to leverage these roles to create local opportunities for Aboriginal people to move from welfare dependency to employment."


    Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said education and economic opportunities had emerged as major themes of the Liberal National Government's consultation, with WA's 274 remote Aboriginal communities, about regional services reform.


    "Aboriginal people are telling us they want their communities to prosper but they recognise that this means being sustainable and economically viable," Ms Mitchell said.


    "The State Government is making systemic changes to improve employment and economic prospects for Aboriginal people in regional and remote locations.


    "These changes have the capacity to make a big difference to the lives of Aboriginal people who take up the opportunities available."


    The Aboriginal Regional Employment Package will be delivered without increasing staff numbers in the public sector and by adjusting existing policies for contracting and procurement.


    The package is a major initiative of the State Government's regional services reform, and one of 10 priority actions to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in regional and remote WA.


    The package:

    • sets mandatory regional targets for Aboriginal employment in the public sector
    • requires government agencies to ensure contractors take on local Aboriginal staff when delivering regional contracts, such as housing construction
    • mandates government agencies to purchase more goods and services from Aboriginal-owned businesses in the regions.

    The State Government will also work with Aboriginal organisations and government partners to better co-ordinate efforts to train and place Aboriginal people without work.


    Fact File

    • The Aboriginal Regional Employment Package targets take effect from July 1, 2017
    • The package applies to State public sector bodies, such as government departments, which employ staff, let contracts or procure goods and services in a region
    • Western Australia has about 95,000 Aboriginal residents, of which nearly half live in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields and Mid-West
    • More information about the package is at http://www.regionalservicesreform.wa.gov.au

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700

    Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400


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