Industry and Employment Minister Wade Noonan met businesses, employment providers and workers in Shepparton on the 1st June to get an update on the Algabonyah Employment Partnerships program.

2 June 2017

"The Goulburn Murray region faces many challenges around Aboriginal employment," Minister Noonan said, "and the Algabonyah Employment Partnerships program is helping to turn this around. It's great to see highly respected local organisations partnering on this project, which has already helped dozens of people into work."

Minister Wade Noonan visits employers and workers with the Algabonyah Employment Partnerships program.

Minister Wade Noonan visits employers and workers with the Algabonyah Employment Partnerships program.

The Algabonyah program has so far registered 49 Aboriginal participants – with 33 successfully placed into work and a further nine people gaining sustainable employment.

Algabonyah means 'coming together' – with program partners working to narrow the workforce participation gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the region.

Last year the Victorian Government provided $1.4 million to the program to place 75 young Aboriginal jobseekers into sustainable work across the Goulburn Murray region over four years.

The project is driven by a number of Aboriginal controlled organisations in the region – including the Rumbalara Football and Netball Club, the Kaiela Institute, Njernda Aboriginal Corporation and the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

The Algabonyah project has also linked up with many partner organisations through its employment and training program, including large companies, local government organisations, professional sporting clubs, schools and small to medium enterprises.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins said the program is achieving its aim: "We want to create more employment opportunities for the Victorian Aboriginal community and this program is doing that at a local level."