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 […]

State agencies support Indigenous Kokoda walk

Indigenous youth leaders have completed a walk along the Kokoda trail thanks to state and federal government agencies and the private sector. As part of the Jobs Australia Foundation’s Indigenous Youth Leadership Program, 21 indigenous youths were sponsored to walk a Papua New Guinea track made famous by Australian and New Zealand soldiers during World […]

$36 million for Indigenous councils

By Angela Dorizas Queensland’s most remote Indigenous councils are set to receive an extra $36 million in State Government funding to improve service delivery and employment opportunities within their communities. The funding was announced on Wednesday by Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Desley Boyle. “Funding of more than $36 […]

Councils must increase Indigenous employment

By Rob O’Brien Councils have been dragging their feet on the issue of work opportunities for Indigenous Australians, an Aboriginal employment agency has said. The Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) has reported that Indigenous Australians currently make up just one per cent of the sector’s 170,000-strong workforce. AES chief executive, Danny Lester, said councils had an […]

Workforce sits on demographic faultline

By Angela Dorizas Councils must recruit, retain and develop a greater number of Indigenous employees to alleviate future workforce demands, a former local government minister has said.   Chair of the Australian Centre of Excellence of Local Government (ACELG) and former senator, Margaret Renynolds, last night released a green paper on Indigenous employment within the […]

Closing the gap on Indigenous employment

By Angela Dorizas Joining the ranks of the federal public service last week were sixty-two Indigenous Australians, ready to begin their career in government. Established by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program provides Indigenous Australians with accredited training and work experienced in the public service. The program […]

Governments must address Indigenous disadvantage: COAG Reform Council

By Angela Dorizas The COAG Reform Council has released its first assessment of all nine Australian governments against National Agreements on healthcare, housing, Indigenous reform and disability. COAG Reform Council chairman, Paul McClintock, said the review presented stark findings that governments must address, particularly in relation to Indigenous disadvantage. “The overwhelming disadvantage of Indigenous Australians is an […]

Procurement policy to boost Indigenous employment

The Australian Government is seeking to increase Indigenous employment, training and supplier opportunities through changes to procurement policies. Announced by Federal Minster for Employment Participation Mark Arbib, the enhanced Indigenous Opportunities Policy will provide Indigenous communities with greater opportunites to engage in Government procurement projects delivered in their area. From July 1, tenders for Government projects […]

Local leadership training for Indigenous Australians

By Angela Dorizas The Federal Government is holding more than 50 workshops over the next six months to promote local leadership in Indigenous communities. Federal Indigenous Leader Jenny Macklin met with 37 new Indigenous engagement officers on Thursday to discuss issues affecting their local communities, including housing, employment, health and safety. Ms Macklin said the […]

New Indigenous body announced

By Angela Dorizas NATIONAL: The independent steering committee responsible for establishing Australia’s new national Indigenous representative body has released the name of the organisation. Chair of the steering committee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma, announced that the body had been named the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]

High rate of growth in Indigenous population

Australia’s Indigenous population is projected to exceed 700,000 by 2021, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is likely to reach between 713,000 and 721,100 people in 2021. The figures are based on a number of assumptions about future demographic trends including recent […]

Indigenous Australians exercising self-determination for the first time: Calma

By Angela Dorizas Australia’s new representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders should be a private company funded by the Federal Government, said Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma. An independent Indigenous Steering Committee, convened by Commissioner Calma last year, said the proposed national representative body was a radical new approach to Indigenous affairs. “Today is a […]

Indigenous leaders applaud language protection policy

By Angela Dorizas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma has welcomed the introduction of the national Indigenous languages policy and called on the Northern Territory Government to follow suit. Announced by the Federal Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, the new […]

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