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Promoting employment opportunities for Aboriginal people


Aboriginal people will benefit from the expansion of a grants program, which will create more opportunities for education, training and employment in the NSW public service and local government agencies.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the NSW Government has expanded the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grants to provide more tangible and meaningful pathways for Aboriginal people.

“This initiative enables the public service and local councils to deliver more education, training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people,” Mr Henskens said.

“The NSW Government’s record investment in skills in the 2022-23 Budget means we can expand the program to support 250 School Based Apprentices and Trainees and more than 20 permanent, temporary or post-high school roles.”

The annual grants are named in honour of community leader Elsa Dixon who played a critical role in improving social outcomes for Aboriginal people in the 1970s and 1980s.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin said the program aligns with Closing the Gap targets to increase the number of Aboriginal people engaged in sustainable employment, education and training pathways.

“This is an incredible expansion and will see more Aboriginal people secure employment or greater opportunities and choice in their local communities,” Mr Franklin said.

“We encourage government agencies and local councils to come forward with their innovative ideas and help remove barriers to education, training and employment for Aboriginal people.”

For more information about the grants and how to apply, visit the website.

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