Establish Aboriginal employment targets for infrastructure projects

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Project Description

Establish employment targets for Aboriginal Tasmanians in infrastructure projects and infrastructure-related services.

Establish Aboriginal employment targets for infrastructure projects

Progress Statement

On 10 May 2018, key stakeholders from City Deal commitments in the Jobs and Skills met to discuss the implementation of their commitments. This included the proponents and funders of the major infrastructure related projects under the City Deal - University of Tasmania (relocation of their campus), City of Launceston (City Heart), Department of Defence (Redevelopment of Youngtown Barracks), Tasmanian Government and Launceston Chamber of Commerce.

All stakeholders agreed to work collaboratively to support Aboriginal employment outcomes.

In addition, the Australian Government, through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, contracted STEPs Group Australia, as a Vocational Training and Employment Centre, to support the preparation and placement of up to 50 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people into employment, with a focus on Launceston.  The Department is reviewing the demand for labour in the Launceston region to determine whether a second Indigenous specific employment program is warranted to maximise employment opportunities for Aboriginal people arising from construction activity, to assist in meeting the City Deal Aboriginal employment targets and support local labor supply and associated costs management.

Next Steps and Milestones

Ongoing: Work with Jobs and Skills leads to utilise agreed practices, processes and mechanisms developed or currently available to achieve the agreed target.

Financial Information

Costs associated with establishing aboriginal employment targets for infrastructure projects are funded by the Department if the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Responsibilities

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.