Employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have been bolstered in Stirling through the Coalition Government’s Tailored Assistance Employment Grants.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Liberal candidate for Stirling, Vince Connelly, said at a graduation ceremony for Indigenous jobseekers today the $255,000 investment in the Indigenous-owned and operated mining company, Carey Mining, was a fantastic boost for the electorate that would lead to 30 local Indigenous jobseekers being given an opportunity for work.

“These targeted grants are community-led initiatives that connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers to real jobs and is part of the Government commitment to get more Australians into work,” Minister Scullion said.

“The very best form of welfare the Government can provide is a job, and this investment is about supporting the Government’s efforts to close the gap in Indigenous disparity.

Mr Connelly said he was pleased to announce the Commonwealth Government was investing in Stirling.

“Carey Mining is a fantastic local business and this investment from the Liberal-Nationals Government has been tailored to the needs of our region to maximise opportunities for our Indigenous jobseekers,” Mr Connelly said.

“As an Indigenous-owned and operated company, Carey Mining, has the capacity and cultural links to work with local Indigenous jobseekers who often have unique barriers to work, to provide the support and culturally-appropriate training to ensure these jobseekers get into a job and stick at it.

“I am very pleased that the Liberal-Nationals Government’s strong economic management means it can reinvest the dividends of a strong economy back into local solutions such as this one

Aboriginal businessman and Managing Director of Carey Mining, Mr Daniel Tucker, welcomed today’s announcement of a $255,000 investment.

“Carey Mining is a 100 per cent Indigenous owned business that over our 20 year history has been committed to building a successful business and giving back to our communities,” Mr Tucker said.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with the Government to get even more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into jobs and create better lives for themselves and their communities.

The Tailored Assistance Employment Grants are part of the Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy and complement other Government programs which have resulted in a 23.3 per cent increase in the number of Indigenous Australians with a job since the 2011 Census and 30 per cent increase in the number of Indigenous entrepreneurs in small business.