“There is currently very little in the way of incentives for organisations and levels of government to co-operate, to align their strategies and achieve a degree of common purpose.
“Building on good practice and supporting local networks is what is making a … difference”. – PATRICIA KARVELAS, THE AUSTRALIAN
Rio Tinto Australia, Managing Director, David Peever who has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council brings up some important issues surrounding a blueprint for change around Indigenous education and employment:
– Childhood education needs a boost: From basic literacy and numeracy
– Government need to address better welfare and housing benefits for new employees
– Incentives in remote areas need to be re-evaluated for teaching staff
– Government need a better system in place to attract and retain experienced teachers
– Investing into programs that help young people find work when they leave school
– Better assistance in terms of housing stock for employees to move
– Greater funding and flexibility in Government funding
– Building a more resilient workforce with better pathways to get there
I think now, more than ever is the time to empower Indigenous communities from education, housing and beyond. With the support of larger organisations and executives heading up this idea of a “blueprint for change” government funding and policies will be more aligned with recruiting and retaining Indigenous employees.
If you want to find out more on how the government and community are addressing these concerns you may be interested in the ‘Indigenous Employment conference’ in Darwin, focussing on creating sustainable jobs in remote & regional Australia.
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