Indigenous Employment and Skills Strategies in Australia

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Innovative ways of working with Indigenous Australians are needed to improve their employment prospects, especially as many work in jobs that are most likely to be impacted by digitalisation and automation in the future. This report considers both quantitative and qualitative data regarding employment, skills, and entrepreneurship opportunities for Indigenous Australians. A number of case studies were undertaken with employment and training providers in the cities of Sydney and Perth to gain insights into the delivery of employment and skills programmes targeted to Indigenous Australians. The report highlights critical success factors to better link Indigenous Australians to high quality jobs while also providing recommendations regarding future employment and skills programming.


Building the skills of Indigenous Australians

Skills provide a solid foundation for Indigenous Australians to participate in the labour market and thus a route out of poverty. Given the importance of skills in narrowing employment gaps, this chapter looks educational attainment rates as well as recent participation trends in vocational education and training between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population. Drawing on practices from local case studies, this chapter also outlines key principles for programmes that aim to build the skills of Indigenous Australians.


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