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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Labour Market 61 Northern Territory Economy Non-resident workers in the more remote areas are concentrated in regions with large mining operations, such as Groote Eylandt, the Tanami region and the Gulf region, which includes McArthur River (see Chapter 10: Mining and Manufacturing). Training Programs As economic and employment growth is expected to strengthen over the coming years, there is likely to be an increased need for skilled workers. Accordingly, training and development programs have been designed with the goal of providing Territory school leavers and other residents with the skills required to benefit from this anticipated growth. In 2012, the Territory Government developed the Employment Strategy 2012-15 to build on the previous Jobs NT 2010-12 strategy, which resulted in over 24000 students participating in Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in 2011 and exceeded its target for Indigenous employment growth. The new strategy seeks to grow the Territorys workforce and capability through further increasing apprenticeship and traineeship commencements, supporting students to fund and complete VET courses and supporting disadvantaged peoples entry into the workforce. As part of this, the strategy seeks to achieve 15000 apprentice and trainee commencements over five years (a 20percent increase on the previous target) and grow the skill level and size of the Territory workforce. It also aims to maintain the Territorys higher than national labour force participation rates, which will include increasing the Indigenous participation rate. The Territory Government and INPEX have contributed funds to establish the North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas at Charles Darwin University (CDU). The centre offers training and education as well as research capabilities targeted at the needs of oil and gas operations and developments in Northern Australia. This could increase the supply of locally based workers for future developments in the resource sector. Additionally, the Commonwealth Government has announced funding for a new VET training facility at CDU, which is expected to be completed in 2014. The facility is expected to provide an additional 750 VET graduates per year at Certificate III and above, with an emphasis on trades such as plumbing, electro-technology, welding, instrumentation and refrigeration as well as training in oil and gas industry operations and, in the future, environmental trades. The facility will be equipped with teleconferencing and other technological equipment to support the delivery of training and other development opportunities to more than 100 remote Indigenous communities. The Commonwealth Government has announced a new Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) which will replace current employment programs in 59 remote and regional areas around Australia, commencing in July 2013. In the Territory this covers all regions except for Darwin and Palmerston. The RJCP will fund a single provider for all employment services in each of the regions. As a result, all people currently working under CDEP will transition to RJCP. The goal of the RJCP is to work with communities to provide the most suitable employment strategy for each region and will

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