The most recent Closing the Gap report shows that of all the goals in the Closing the Gap, the issue of Indigenous employment is the only area in which the gap is widening. Although areas such as child mortality and Year 12 graduation are on track, all other aims are not being met at their targeted speed, with Australia going backwards in trying to increase the number of Indigenous people in employment.
Whilst these figures left many Australians despairing that we would never rise to be the country of multiculturalism and peace that we have long aimed to be, Jack Manning Bancroft wrote a heartening letter, reminding us that whilst the statistics may seem grim, lives are being changed in real ways. Manning Bancroft wrote “in the face of the story we hear so often, I see a different one being written on the ground every single day”.
Rather than serving a self-fulfilled prophecy of negative discourse when it comes to Indigenous people, we are encouraged by focussing on uplifting work that is being done to impact families and communities throughout Australia. Senator Nova Peris seconded this when she passionately addressed the senate, saying “We cannot change the past… We cannot drag the chains of this black history that this country has in order to move into the light”.
Join us at our upcoming Indigenous Employment conference to hear great case studies of work being done around Australia, and to share your experiences in moving forward into a bright future for all Australians.