Establish employment targets for Aboriginal Tasmanians in infrastructure projects and infrastructure-related services.
In June 2019, the Tasmanian Government released its Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2022 to increase the number of Aboriginal employees in a range of occupations and levels across all State Service Agencies from 3% to 3.5%.
In April 2019, the Australian Government and the Tasmanian Government signed a new National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Land Transport Infrastructure Projects, which includes agreement to the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment and Supplier-use Infrastructure Framework (Indigenous Infrastructure Framework). The Framework aims to increase participation opportunities for Indigenous job-seekers and businesses in the delivery of government-funded land transport infrastructure projects.
Tasmanian projects receiving $7.5 million of funding or more of Australian Government funding through the $100 billion Infrastructure Investment Program will have an Indigenous Participation Plan which sets out:
- A participation target which reflects the local Indigenous working age population and comprises either, or both an employment component and supplier-use component;
- An engagement plan outlining engagement with relevant Indigenous stakeholders, and supply-side support providers; and
- A plan for public reporting on performance to promote transparency and accountability.
The NPA, and the Indigenous Infrastructure Framework is a five year agreement, and commenced on 1 July 2019.
Throughout the year, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) continued to coordinate actions to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers benefit from the opportunities generated by the key infrastructure projects (UTAS campus relocation and redevelopment, upgrade of combined storm water and sewerage network and the Defence Cadet Facility).
PMC will continue to support the indigenous community to engage with upcoming programs and events for jobseekers, including exploring the possibility of funding an employment agreement to support the training and placement of Indigenous jobseekers. PMC will also continue to offer support to employers to set and achieve targets.
Key Milestones Achieved
- April 2019: The Tasmanian Government signed the NPA on Land Transport Infrastructure Projects, and the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment and Supplier-use Infrastructure Framework.
- June 2019: Tasmanian Government releases Aboriginal Employment Strategy with employment targets of 3% to 3.5%.
- From 1 July 2019: The Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment and Supplier-use Infrastructure Framework commences for applicable Tasmanian road construction projects.
- Ongoing: PMC supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to be well placed to benefit from the opportunities generated by the key infrastructure projects (UTAS campus relocation, combined storm water and sewerage upgrade and redevelopment, and the Defence Cadet Facility).
Key Next Steps
- Ongoing: Engage with key stakeholders to ensure training and skills development programs are in place to support Aboriginal jobseekers into jobs created by the UTAS campus development.
- Over 2019-20: Explore the possibility of funding an employment agreement to support the training and placement of Indigenous jobseekers.
Costs associated with establishing aboriginal employment targets for infrastructure projects are funded by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Australian and Tasmanian Government will ensure support is available to businesses, employers and employees, for example, through the Vocational Training and Employment Centre and other employment and business support programs.