Creating a local workforce is central to our Economic Development & Wellbeing platform.

Our long term strategy is for all children to be successful in their education and enjoy a healthy life and economic independence.

To achieve this we provide:

  • High quality education in both First Language and English
  • Meaningful employment of young people and adults in the community
  • Employment that recognises both First Cultural and Western skills
  • A no-barriers, supported approach to employment
  • Training and career development
  • Leadership training
  • Financial and consumer literacy
  • Health and Wellbeing support

To date, this approach has resulted in:

  • The employment of 220 First Nations people since 2014
  • Long-term unemployed people accessing meaningful employment and training opportunities
  • The creation of music, arts and learning enterprises: including the publication of 9 books in 7 Indigenous languages
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First Nations staff work in a variety of areas. This includes teaching, health promotion, governance, evaluation, resource development, community development and administration. Most staff have either never been employed or were long-term unemployed. We support people to enter or re-enter the workforce through our flexible approach.

We provide various pathways to employment. For instance, people can move from voluntary work to casual and then to a fixed-term variable contract. They are given the chance to try different roles to see what they enjoy. Our approach is also culturally sensitive. We respect cultural obligations and the time required to fulfill them.

Social enterprises also provide income opportunities and a chance to celebrate First Culture. Our current enterprises focus on music and learning resources. Both have received national recognition. We are expanding into other areas and creating new opportunities.

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