The Council of Territory Co-operation Committee First Report February 2010
Tabled paper 714
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Tabled By Gerard Wood
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Council of Territory Co-operation 24 First Report Package development & management 4 4 Ongoing Consultancies 4 4 Cost Management (from Apr 08) 2 2 Design Coordination (from Apr 08) 2 2 24 9 Aboriginal employment One of the major non-construction improvements SIHIP is targeted at improving is Aboriginal employment rates. In budgeting terms, Mr Robert Ryan (FaHCSIA) spoke of Aboriginal workforce development being a major component of the non-cost outcomes of SIHIP.86 Ms Cattermole (FaHCSIA) stressed to the Council that employment supported by training of Indigenous people to achieve a sustainable workforce is one of SIHIPs core objectives and restated that SIHIP intends to deliver on its 20 per cent Aboriginal employment development target.87 Tangentyere Council Managing Director, Mr William Tilmouth, stressed the importance of SIHIP meeting all of its objectives stating that: the construction phase must fully integrate regional expertise in design construction and maximise employment for local unemployed Aboriginal people living in town camp communities during this project and into the future. 88 Speaking from his experience as a builder, Mr Mark Brustolin noted however that poor education levels in Indigenous communities meant that it was only ever possible to employ Aboriginal people in menial tasks for short periods that did not lead to longer-term employment. Mr Brustolin suggested a realistic model was one like that being used at Port Keats: We should be looking at houses where it is a low-tech solution, where the skills are minimal, and they can learn the skills quite easily and reproduce the dwellings themselves. 89 Responding to the Councils questions about the employment aspect of SIHIP, Mr Alan McGill (Territory Alliance Group) reported that 60 per cent of the people working on SIHIP on the Tiwi Islands are Tiwi people. All had some training of some kind and a number of apprentices, who hadnt completed their training, are working to complete their apprenticeships.90 Mr Brian Hughey (New Future Alliance) said about 14 to 17 local Aboriginal people were employed on SIHIP projects in Tennant Creek.91 Ms Pat Brahim, General Manager, Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation, emphasised that one of 86 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Darwin, Tuesday 10 November 2009, p.41. 87 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Darwin, Tuesday 10 November 2009, pp.41-2. 88 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Alice Springs, Monday 23 November 2009, p.24. 89 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Darwin, Tuesday 10 November 2009, pp.26-7. 90 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Alice Springs, Monday 23 November 2009, p.15. 91 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Tennant Creek, Thursday 19 November 2009, p.14.