National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment in Local Government Roundtable
On 26-27 July the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) convened a National Roundtable on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment in Local Government at the Redfern Town Hall, Sydney. Minister Mark Arbib, Federal Government Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, delivered a passionate keynote address in which he urged Local Government representatives to employ more Indigenous people.
The roundtable brought together around 50 key representatives from local government jurisdictions, federal and state government and Indigenous employment sectors.
The event was an important part of a parallel process of engagement to progress the National Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy. The second day of the forum was dedicated to discussion and development of sustainable and replicable Demonstration Projects with a view to identifying and potentially engaging key project partners and possible funding agencies.
Outcomes from the Roundtable, as well as learnings from the Demonstration Projects, and responses to the LG Indigenous Employment Program Green Paper – Closing the Gap through Place-based Employment will inform the development of a White Paper, with the interim White Paper due for completion at the end of 2011.
Roundtable presentations available for download:
Chris Fraser, Director Education and Training, Minerals Councils of Australia
"The business case for Indigenous employment in the minerals industry"
Grant Paulson, General Manager, Programs and Projects, Reconciliation Australia
"Reconciliation Australia – National perspective"
Erin McKinnon, Project Coordinator, Reconciliation in Local Government Project, Reconciliation Victoria
"Reconciliation in Local Government Project"
Gavin Mate, General Manager - National Group Training Operations, Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES)
"Aboriginal Employment Strategy"
Terena Hopkins, Regional Director State Library of Queensland Cairns and Indigenous Knowledge Centresa