Giving Indigenous Business The Support It Deserves

The Andrews Labor Government is helping grow Aboriginal businesses and employment across the Goulburn Valley.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today visited the Rumbalara Football and Netball club in Shepparton to announce $630,000 for the Kaiela Institute to set up the Algabonyah Business Development Unit.

The program, an initiative of the Algabonyah Community Revitalisation Project, has been designed to generate stronger Aboriginal business development and growth across the region.

It will also support industry-led training and businesses to help deliver the Aboriginal jobs targets on major infrastructure projects in the region.

A Memorandum of Understanding has also been signed between the Kaiela Institute and Lendlease, which is building the $168.5 million Goulburn Valley Health Redevelopment.

The partnership will assist Lendlease in recruiting and retaining local Aboriginal workers and provide participants with the opportunity to develop a career in the infrastructure construction industry.

Today’s announcement builds on the Labor Government $1.4 million for the Algabonyah Employment Partnership – part of the highly successful Jobs Victoria employment initiative.

The partnership has so far delivered 50 of the targeted 75 job placements for people who struggle with a lack of housing, drug and alcohol problems, Centrelink issues or commitments to community based orders.

Since its inception two years ago, Jobs Victoria has helped to place more than 6100 people facing barriers to employment, in work.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll

“We’re making sure everyone shares in our economic success – because all Victorians deserve a secure job to support themselves and their family.”

“There are more people employed in Shepparton now than there were in November 2014 – and this new program will help even more locals find work.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp

“Kaiela do some great work in Shepparton and this $630,000 in funding will allow them to continue doing that work.”

“The Algabonyah Community Revitalisation Project is generating stronger Aboriginal business growth in the Goulburn Murray region.”