- More First Australians are in work than ever before, with more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders moving into professional occupations such as health and education according to 2016 ABS Census data.
- Significant increases across a range of occupations – 76 per cent growth in First Australians in Professional jobs over the past decade.
- Coalition Government programs such as the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP), the Employment Parity Initiative (EPI) the Community Development Program (CDP), the Indigenous Rangers Program and the $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) is making a real and lasting difference for First Nation’s peoples.
The latest ABS Census statistics shows that the Coalition Government’s strong stewardship of the Australian economy is also translating into better jobs for First Australians right across the nation with a 76 per cent increase in professional jobs compared with a decade ago.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said he was delighted that the Coalition’s prudent economic management and strong investment across Indigenous Affairs is seeing more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians sharing in the job opportunities this government has created.
“As Indigenous Affairs Minister I am particularly pleased to see that First Australians are benefiting from our strong economic management – not only in terms of higher overall employment but also with strong growth in higher skilled and professional occupations.
2016 Census data shows that since 2011 we have seen 27 per cent growth in employed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons across a range of professional occupation categories, including:
- 44.1 per cent growth in Sales Workers
- 36.6 per cent growth in Managers
- 28.4 per cent growth in Technicians and Trades Workers
- 26.6 per cent growth in Community and Personal Service Workers
- 25.7 per cent growth in Professionals
“It is not surprising that we are seeing such fantastic employment outcomes for First Australians given that the Coalition created more than 371,500 more jobs across the economy last year – four times the number than in Labor’s last year in office. And we backed this up with a better approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic participation through a range of successful programs.
“In fact, programs in the Indigenous Affairs portfolio alone have directly resulted in 60,000 jobs since we came to office, which equates to 60 jobs every day, including 20,000 remote jobs through the Community Development Program (CDP), almost 3,000 jobs through the Employment Parity Initiative (EPI) and 2,500 ranger positions through the Indigenous Rangers Program.
The Coalition Government’s network of 24 Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) across the country have broken the cycle of training for trainings sake that has plagued Indigenous jobs programs for generations by only engaging a jobseeker where there is a guaranteed job at the end, resulting in more than 7,000 Indigenous jobs.
The Employment Parity Initiative has also proven to be a hugely successful partnership with the private sector to get the Indigenous workforces of our country’s biggest firms up to parity with non-Indigenous. Corporate partners that have signed up to the EPI include Accor, Woolworths, Crown Resorts, St Vincent’s Health Australia and Compass Group just to name a few.
The EPI also builds on the Coalition Government’s highly successful Indigenous Procurement Policy which in its first two years has resulted in $594m in contracts to Indigenous businesses, compared to just $6.2m to Indigenous businesses in 2012-13 in Labor’s last year in office – an appalling result by anybody’s standard.
The Business Council of Australia has also acknowledged and strongly endorsed the Coalition Government’s efforts to lift Indigenous economic participation. BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott said:
We commend the federal government for taking the initiative with policies like the Employment Parity Initiative and the Indigenous Procurement Policy that make it easier for businesses to improve job prospects for Indigenous people.