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Media Release by Senator the Hon Mark Arbib

Meat industry jobs for Aboriginal workers in Dubbo

Joint Media Release with:

  • Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Mark Arbib, today announced $198,000 for Fletcher International Exports to employ new Aboriginal trainees under the Indigenous Employment Program.

Ms Macklin made the announcement during a visit to Fletcher International Exports in Dubbo, Australia’s largest sheep meat processor and exporter.

“A job gives purpose and meaning to people’s lives,” Ms Macklin said.

“This additional funding will provide 30 new traineeship positions for local Aboriginal people.”

Under the traineeship program, the new workers will have the opportunity to complete their Certificate II or III in meat and wool processing.

In addition to the $198,000, Ms Macklin said Fletcher International Exports had received $660,000 over the past two years to employ and support Aboriginal employees in a range of positions in Dubbo.

“Fletchers employ about 70 Aboriginal workers, who make up 10 per cent of their total workforce. It’s fantastic to see a local employer like Fletchers providing job opportunities for Aboriginal people,” Ms Macklin said.

Senator Arbib said the 30 new trainees would be mentored to ensure they are learning a range of skills that will help them broaden their employment opportunities.

“The Indigenous Employment Program is designed to maximise training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people and the program at Fletcher International Exports is a great example of what can be achieved,” Senator Arbib said.

The Indigenous Employment Program is a key element of the Government’s commitment to halving the employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade. It is part of a $4.6 billion national investment.

It funds programs that equip employers and job seekers with the skills, knowledge and expertise to maximise sustainable jobs.