Opinion – Pointless Australia Day point scoring obscures real issues

Australia Day rolls around again this week. Its observance has once again become an issue, with many councils, individuals and The Greens calling for its date to be changed, or at least the observance of a national day for Australia to be moved to another date. The issue has become totemic of Australia’s continuing culture […]

Indigenous councils weigh up financial choices

By Paul Hemsley Local Government Managers Australia Queensland Inc (LGMA) will oversee the $30000 project assisting 12 Indigenous Councils identify and source a common software system. Minister for Local Government, Paul Lucas said LGMA will oversee the tendering project and employ an independent consultant to review four suitable systems. Assessing the need for a software […]

SA mining for Indigenous job seekers

The South Australian mining sector will offer training to Aboriginal job seekers under a state and federal program for one million dollars. Regional mining sites across the state will train up to 150 Aboriginal job seekers as businesses will be able to partner with Registered Training Organisations to apply for funding in the second ‘Connecting […]

Regional Victoria opens Indigenous jobs

Jobs and training opportunities will be offered to Indigenous job seekers under the Two Way Street Indigenous Employment Program. The Gillard Government’s employment scheme will make offers to 90 Indigenous job seekers in the Bendigo, Echuca, Sunraysia, mid-Murray and Ballarat regions. Member for Bendigo Steve Gibbons said the Gillard Government’s Indigenous Employment Program would support […]

Health group nurtures Indigenous jobs

By Paul Hemsley A private not-for-profit health care provider has pledged jobs as part of the 50000 Sustainable Indigenous Jobs campaign. St John of God Health Care will offer jobs to Indigenous Australians through the Australian Employment Covenant. The program will create “real jobs” for Indigenous employees, supported by pre-employment training, job placement and on-the-job […]

Government procurement to drive indigenous jobs

The minister for finance and deregulation Penny Wong and minister for indigenous employment and economic development Mark Arbib have welcomed approval of the Indigenous Training, Employment and Supplier Plan under the Gillard Government’s enhanced Indigenous Opportunities Policy (IOP).   IOP is part of the Government’s commitment to Closing the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage, and halving […]

Alice Springs gets $4.1m for makeover

As part of the Alice Springs Transformation Plan the town will receive $4.1 million in funding from the Federal Government.   The package includes funding for extra street lighting in problem areas, as well as more support for young people and families.   The Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin said the safety and […]

Calls to Close the Gap within the public-service

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) this week urged the Federal Government to address Indigenous pay gaps in the Australian Public Service (APS). CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agencies were under-funded and staff received lower pay rates than colleagues in other APS agencies working at the same level. “The […]

Chasing the pathway to cultural competence

By Angela Dorizas Government employees can now increase their understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, with the launch of the Centre for Cultural Competence Australia (CCCA). CCCA is the first online provider of accredited, competency based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural training courses. It provides cultural training for both public and private […]

Voters ready to debate constitutional change

By Angela Dorizas Australians are a ready to consider changes to the Constitution, but support for local government recognition is not strong enough for a successful referendum campaign. The second phase of results from the Australian Constitutional Values Survey found strong support for referenda on Indigenous recognition and changing Australia’s federal system. Conducted by Professor […]

Indigenous councils tackle asset management

By Angela Dorizas Finance managers and chief executive officers from Queensland’s Indigenous councils met in Cairns today for an asset management masterclass. Local Government Minister Desley Boyle said the workshop was organised following consultations with the Indigenous Councils Finance Managers Network. She said the Government was providing support for all councils in Queensland to help […]

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