Local Government Indigenous Employment Program Green Paper

MEDIA RELEASE

Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government
 
Date: Friday 30 July 2010
 
Local Government Indigenous Employment Program Green Paper 2010 –
Closing the Gap Through Place-based Employment
 
The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) last night released a green paper to explore untapped labour pools, and invest in the recruitment and development of workers from non-traditional areas, specifically Indigenous Australians.
 
According to ACELG Chair Margaret Reynolds, who released the paper during a function as part of the ACELG’s National Roundtable on Rural-Remote and Indigenous Local Government, the local government sector is living on a demographic fault line and urgently needs to grow its workforce.
 
 “As the economy recovers the sector will, once again, be engaged in a war for talent, particularly in regional and remote Australia,” Ms Reynolds said.  
 
“The sector needs additional talent to alleviate skills shortages and the ageing workforce crisis.
 
“The proposed program is a response to an urgent need to increase the pool of available talent for local government.”
 
The green paper was also developed in response to the Australian government’s commitment to halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade.  
 
One of the program’s key objectives will be to advocate and promote the employment of Indigenous people by local government at a rate that reflects the local Indigenous population.

The program, which was prepared following consultation with a number of Indigenous leaders, also encourages and promotes Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders to work together for mutual benefit.
 
“Indigenous employment has a profound multiplier effect with potential for community cohesion and stability, said Ms Reynolds. 
 
“It extends to improving the lives of that person’s whole family and community.
 
“The local government sector is uniquely positioned to play a greater role in Indigenous employment as it is a place-based employer with national reach that offers secure and diverse occupational opportunities.”
 
The green paper will be broadly distributed to a range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders to encourage and ensure full engagement and collaboration in the development of the final program. 
 
The Local Government Indigenous Employment Green Paper 2010 - Closing the Gap Through Place-based Employment can be downloaded here.
 
Interested parties are invited to submit comments and responses by 30 September 2010.
 
The Centre of Excellence for Local Government is an Australian Government initiative established in mid 2009 to promote sound evidence-based policy and encourage the adoption of innovative practices and solutions to address the challenges facing local government across Australia.
 
For more information, please contact Angela Zivkovic, Project Manager, Local Government Practice Unit, ACELG, on 0410362210; 03 96966077 or angela.zivkovic@acelg.org.au.