Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Indigenous Employment and Skills Strategies in Australia
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.
The report will be launched in Sydney, Australia on October 2, 2019 at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence during an Indigenous Employment Forum organised in partnership with the Australian Department of Employment, Skills, Small, and Family Business, the National Indigenous Australians Agency, and the National Employment Services Association.
The unemployment rate of Indigenous Australians was 18.4%, almost three times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous Australians in 2016. Innovative ways of working with Indigenous Australians are needed to improve their employment opportunities in the face of the future of work.