Indigenous employment on the Minerals Council agenda

The Minerals Council of NSW and the NSW government have signed an agreement to boost jobs for Aborigines.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Victor Dominello said the government is teaming up with the council in a bid to initiate Aboriginal businesses and offer employment in the resources sector.

“Mining needs a constant stream of quality people to fill roles in a huge range of occupations fro machinery operators, IT specialists, security guards, builders and explosives experts to mechanics, engineers, electricians, surveyors, scientists, geologists and many more,” Dominello said.

“Training and employment initiatives will be developed in regions where present and emerging mining opportunities can support Aboriginal employment and economic development.

“Jobs could be created in the Hunter Valley, the Illawarra and in the state’s north west, central west and far west around centres such as Singleton, Broken Hill, Orange, Gunnedah and Dubbo.”

With the agreement, the state government aims to advance the economy in the community, the SMH said.

"The NSW government saw an opportunity to work with the Minerals Council to not only train and mentor young Aboriginal people to assist them find employment, but provide a solution to a skills shortage in the mining industry," Dominello said.

''As well as providing employment this agreement will build and support strong and sustainable Aboriginal communities in NSW mining regions.''

The agreement follows the footsteps of Energy Skills Queensland, which initiated targeted training programs for the indigenous community to work in the resources industry.

The program’s goal was to close the indigenous jobs gap and to break the cycle for individuals disengaged from the workforce.

ESQ previously joined forces with the Gidarjil Development Corporation in March for the Gidarjil Roadshow in Bundaberg.

The roadshow aimed to show employment opportunities in the state’s energy sector to the indigenous community.

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