The 2015 Budget is part of the Commonwealth Government’s plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians.
The Government is reforming Indigenous Affairs to get adults into work, children to school and make communities safer.
The 2015 Budget delivers $4.9 billion for the Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
The Government is focused on achieving positive results and a number of key reforms which will improve employment outcomes for First Australians are set to commence.
From 1 July 2015, reforms to remote employment services will start to transform the economic life of remote communities. The majority of remote job seekers will be active and engaged in meaningful work-like activities that contribute to communities and build real-life work skills and experience. A key aim will be to provide each individual with a real pathway to employment.
Through the Employment Parity Initiative, the largest companies in Australia will be supported to increase the number of Indigenous Australians in their workforce to levels which reflect the size of the Indigenous population, approximately three per cent. This initiative will see 20,000 more Indigenous job seekers into work by 2020.
These key employment reforms build on the success of the Government’s Vocational Training and Employment Centre initiative, under which 29 centres across the country are supporting more than 5,520 Indigenous Australians into jobs.
From 1 July 2015, clear and accountable targets will significantly increase the number of Indigenous employees in the Australian public sector and leverage the Commonwealth’s $39 billion average annual procurement contract value reported on AusTender to build Indigenous businesses and boost Indigenous employment.
In the 2015 Budget, the Government is continuing to ensure the significant investment through National Partnership Agreements is focused on results.
The Government’s substantial investment into the Northern Territory will be refocused to get children to school, keep children and communities safe and continue critical frontline services into remote communities. A new and outcomes focused National Partnership Agreement with the Northern Territory Government will deliver on these key priorities.
A new Remote Indigenous Housing Strategy to replace the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing will also be negotiated to provide greater flexibility to respond to the housing needs of remote Indigenous communities and ensure the significant investment the Australian Government is providing will improve the condition of housing in remote Indigenous communities. Under new arrangements, housing works will drive Indigenous training and employment and the states and the Northern Territory will be required to deliver positive outcomes in property and tenancy management, home ownership and land tenure.
These reforms will put in place practical change on the ground, supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet regional network of staff who are located in the communities they serve and deliver on this Government’s priorities to provide better outcomes for First Australians.
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2015-05-12 Government Continues Significant Reform in Indigenous Affairs.pdf