Joint Media Release with Member for Dawson George Christensen MP
- WorkPac has received a Tailored Assistance Employment Grant to roll out the successful Murris in the Mines project at the Hail Creek mine site.
- In the Mackay region, Murris in the Mines will support 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to complete a traineeship, gaining a Certificate II or Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations and securing a guaranteed job on completion.
- Since July 2014, Tailored Assistance Employment Grants have supported more than 15,000 job placements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Liberal National Government is supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers in the Mackay region by providing access to traineeships and employment through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion and the Member for Dawson, George Christensen, announced a new investment of $143,000 in mining workforce contracting company Workpac to expand its successful Murris in the Mines project at the Hail Creek mining site. The project provides participants with a Certificate II in Surface Extraction Operations, and a guaranteed job on completion.
”These targeted grants support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers get into real , sustainable, jobs and is part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to get more Australians into work,” Minister Scullion said.
“The targeted grants are about supporting the Government’s efforts to close the gap in Indigenous disparity, and our commitment to jobs and economic growth.
Workpac provides participants with support and mentoring to overcome barriers to employment, working in partnership with Traditional Owners and employers. Workpac is already delivering a Murris in the Mines project at the nearby Daunia mining site, supported by a Tailored Assistance Employment Grant.
Member for Dawson, George Christensen, welcomed the investment in the Mackay area as yet another example of the Government’s leadership in supporting the economic aspirations of the people of Dawson.
““It is great to see that all twenty trainees recruited at the Daunia Coal Mine site are women, which is an outstanding result for the industry and local Indigenous communities,” Mr Christensen said.
“This $143,000 investment will get 30 more people off the misery of welfare and into the dignity of work, which is a fantastic outcome in anyone’s books.”
Mr Julian Genn, National Manager of JobTrail – WorkPac’s Indigenous services division, said that the project is particularly exciting as it focuses on getting Indigenous women into mining – a traditionally male dominated workplace. All of the participants are progressing well in their new roles.
The new Murri’s in the Mines project at the Hail Creek site will result in 10 participants completing the program and transitioning into employment.
“The success of the program relies on uniting numerous partners and stakeholders, each of whom play their role in improving Indigenous employment and life outcomes.
“We simply would not be able to run such successful programs without our clients, Traditional Owner groups, mentors, various support organisations and funding provided by the Government.”
Participants are also guided by WorkPac Indigenous Ambassadors, NRL legend Scott Prince and AFLW Brisbane Lions player Ally Anderson, who inspires participants to be proud of their culture, gain confidence and set goals for future success.
“My thanks go out to each of our participants, to their families, to the Barada Barna and Widi Traditional Owner Groups, our support partners, Ambassadors, Rio Tinto, BMA Daunia and the Australian Government,” Mr Genn said.
Trainees at the Hail Creek site will commence this year, with local Indigenous communities assisting to identify prospective trainees.