The Albanese Government will invest $707 million in a new jobs program for remote Australia that it says will deliver 3000 jobs and better living conditions for Indigenous Australians over the next three years. Source: The Australian.
The program replaces the former government’s Community Development Program and will be designed and implemented in partnership with the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations in the second half of 2024.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney said the new program would be grounded in “self-determination” and would let local communities decide what jobs would be created.
“For too long people in remote communities have missed out on economic opportunities and have been stuck in cycles of poverty,” she said.
“This is about putting communities in the driver’s seat to create local jobs and businesses.
“Rates of unemployment in remote communities are unacceptable and this is the first step in turning that around.”
The spending announcement comes as the Government grapples with how to meet targets 7 and 8 from the 19 Closing the Gap metrics designed to improve life outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
Target 7, which aims to increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 15-24 years who are in employment, education or training to 67 per cent by 2031, is not on track, the Government said.
Target 8, which aims to increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 25-64 who are employed to 62 per cent by 2031 is not on track in the Northern Territory, where a high proportion of Indigenous people live in remote communities.
The program will cover all CDP regions in Australia, which cover all of Australia outside the major cities from Central and Western Queensland through to most of Western Australia.
Linda Burney attacks Closing the Gap with new $707m remote jobs program (By Duncan Evans, NCA Newswire via The Australian)