Australian employers will be better prepared to hire and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees with a new guide launched today in Canberra by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion.
Minister Scullion said the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry publication Employ outside the box – A Guide to Employing Indigenous Australians, is a practical guide on how to recruit, employ and retain Indigenous Australian workers.
“Getting adults into work and keeping them in jobs is one of the Abbott Government’s highest priorities in Indigenous Affairs,” the Minister said.
“As the recent Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report showed, there is a wide gap in employment, with only 48 per cent of Indigenous Australians of working age employed, compared to 77 per cent for non-Indigenous.”
“Employment gives people the ability to control their own futures and it is critical to Closing the Gap in life outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
“As part of the Australian Government initiative, Vocational Training & Employment Centres, I’ve been talking to business and industry leaders, and Indigenous service providers around Australia. I’ve also been meeting the Indigenous people who are now joining the workforce in industries such as hospitality and tourism, construction, mining and transport, and health services.
“Indigenous Australians have so much to offer Australian businesses and industry and I encourage companies to look ‘outside the box’ in their employment practices.
“I congratulate the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for their practical commitment to help the private sector employ Indigenous Australians.
“I recommend the Guide to business and industry managers as a useful and necessary resource and encourage them to think and act ‘outside the box’ to help close the employment gap.”
The Guide is available from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry website at http://www.acci.asn.au/
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2014-11-27 MR – SCULLION – Employ outside the box.pdf