Indigenous employment strategy slammed by Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto has criticised the Federal Government’s Aboriginal employment strategy and says it does not provide opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

Rio Tinto has criticised the Federal Government’s Aboriginal employment strategy and says it does not provide opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

The miner said in a submission to the Government’s proposed economic strategy that companies are left with the responsibilities for Indigenous education and training.

It says all Governments need to work together with industry and local communities to provide solutions, because the current situation is unsustainable.

Rio increased its Indigenous employee numbers by 22 per cent last year, with 1 500 employed in the second quarter, but says similar growth cannot be achieved throughout the industry until the government provides assistance.

The issues surrounding social issues and individual communities are complex, according to Rio, and the Western Australian mining lobby says the government should be taking more responsibility.

The lobby wants the government to provide Aboriginal employment, training and education programs.
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy says the Government relies too heavily on the resources sector.

Nicole Roocke, from the chamber, says the government has failed to develop a co-ordinated approach.

“There’s a need now for all parties to work together, for Governments to be able to look at how they can improve their delivery services in remote communities to be able to lead to a better outcome and not rely so heavily upon the resources sector to do that alone,” Nicole Roocke, from the chamber said.
 

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