Indigenous Information

Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways (IYCP)

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Mark Arbib, launched the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways Program (IYCP) on 16 May 2011. The Budget initiative is funded for $50.7 million over four years.

Starting in the 2012 school year, IYCP will give up to 6 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the opportunity to get a school-based traineeship. The program will assist Indigenous students in years 10 to 12 in targeted high schools, with mentoring and case management to help them deal with issues that make the transition from school to work difficult. Read the fact sheet >> Visit website >>

Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program

Applications are invited each year by NSW State Training Services from public, private and community organisations to apply for funding under the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program to provide employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. More >>

DEEWR Reconciliation Action Plan 2009-2011

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is committed to reconciliation and improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the key areas of early childhood, education, training and skills, and employment and workplace relations.

DEEWR’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was developed during November 2008 – May 2009 and involved extensive consultation with a range of key stakeholders. The RAP was launched on 27 May 2009 during Reconciliation Week and is guided by the three themes of respect, relationships and opportunities. Download here >>

Indigenous Education Action Plan Draft 2010 - 2014

In December 2009, Ministers for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs called for submissions on a draft national Indigenous education action plan, designed to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous students. It has been developed with significant input from education systems and some prominent Indigenous educators. Download Draft Plan >>

NCVER Indigenous Vocational Education & Training Resource

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is a not-for-profit company owned by state, territory and federal ministers responsible for training, and is responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and communicating research and statistics about vocational education and training (VET) nationally. This resource provides a summary of NCVER's statistics and research on Indigenous Australians and vocational education and training (VET). Search resource site >>
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The Katoomba Mob Story

Developed by the Agrifood Industry Skills Council, this story explains the model behind a weed management program that engaged indigenous people to participate in training over a 10 week period. It was established by the Aboriginal Culture and Resource Centre (ACRC) in Katoomba NSW, where there was interest in regenerating bush and setting up a native nursery. The training was not set in a classroom but outside in the bush. This strategy proved to be the key reason for retaining trainees in the program. There is a matrix outlining the positive aspects and obstacles experienced through the project. Read here >>

Indigenous Literacy Foundation

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. More >>

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