8.0  Programs and services for  Aboriginal and Torres Strait 

RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.0 Programs and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people Updated December 2011 82 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.0 Programs and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders People 8.1 Indigenous education The DEEWR website Indigenous portal provides you with up to date information on programs and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: W: deewr.gov.au/Indigenous/Pages/default.aspx 8.1.1 Indigenous Coordination Centres Indigenous Coordination Centres (ICCs) and Indigenous Education Units (IEUs) are multi‐agency units that administer most of the Australian Government's Indigenous programs at the local and regional level. In the first instance, clients should call 1800 800 821 which will connect callers to their nearest Indigenous Education Programme office as this list is liable to change as IEUs are in the process of integrating with ICCs. Perth ICC Perth ICC Level 16, 256 Adelaide Terrace Perth WA 6000 Perth IEU Level 13, The Quadrant 1 William St Perth WA 6000 Albany (IEU) Suite 2, 78‐82 Collie St Albany WA 6332 Broome (ICC) 1 Short Street Broome WA 6725 PO Box 6117 East Perth WA 6892 T: 08 9220 3211 F: 08 9220 3280 GPO Box 9880 Perth WA 6848 T: 08 9464 4000 F: 08 9464 4037 PO Box 5894 Albany WA 6332 T: 08 9841 9500 F: 08 8941 9509 Freecall: 1800 079 098 PO Box 613 Broome WA 6725 T: 08 9192 7855 F: 08 9193 5958 Freecall: 1800 079 098 Bunbury (IEU) Unit 5 Marlston Quays, Cnr Bonnefoi Blvd and Jetty Rd Bunbury WA 6230 PO Box 266 Bunbury WA 6230 Derby (ICC) 37 Rowan Street Derby WA 6728 T: 08 9792 9201 F: 08 9792 9202 Freecall: 1800 079 098 PO Box 1009 Derby WA 6728 T: 08 9193 2600 F: 08 9193 1103 Freecall: 1800 079 098 Updated December 2011 83 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS Geraldton (ICC) Level 1, 5 Chapman Road Geraldton WA 6530 PO Box 146 Geraldton WA 6530 T: 08 9921 9500 F: 08 9964 3166 Freecall: 1800 079 098 Kalgoorlie (ICC) 39‐43 Boulder Road Kalgoorlie WA 6430 PO Box 490 Kalgoorlie WA 6430 T: 08 9024 1100 F: 08 9024 1199 Freecall: 1800 193 357 Kununurra 2250 Coolibah Drive Kununurra WA 6743 PO Box 260 Kununurra WA 6743 T: 08 9168 2350 F: 08 9168 3317 Freecall: 1800 193 348 PO Box 2628 South Hedland WA 6722 T: 08 9140 2163 F: 08 9140 1321 Freecall: 1800 079 098 South Headland Commonwealth Building 3 Brand Street South Hedland WA 6722 8.1.2 Dare to Lead Dare to Lead is a commonwealth funded national project with a focus on improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students. Dare to Lead began in 2000 when representatives of the four peak principals associations met at a national forum and agreed that Indigenous education would be their highest priority. It is an initiative of the profession and specifically of Principals Australia, formerly Australian Principals Association Professional Development Council (APAPDC) acting on behalf of its members and their associations. The Project is funded by the Australian Government with the support of the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Dare to Lead is now in its third phase, with currently over 53% of all Australian schools (more than 5100) signed on as coalition members. For more information: State Coordinator – Rod Elmer T: 0427 722 993 E: [email protected] State Consultant – Phil Paioff T: 0428 822 859 E: [email protected] W: daretolead.edu.au/ Updated December 2011 84 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.1.3 Indigenous Youth Leadership Program The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP) is part of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Australians Opportunity and Responsibility commitment. The Australian Government has committed $12.9 million to the Program which will provide up to 200 Indigenous youth with access to education opportunities at high performing Government and non‐Government Schools and up to 50 University places. The Program aims to ensure that Indigenous youth from our remote areas receive the educational opportunities and experiences they deserve to take on future leadership roles in their communities. Students will also receive mentoring, targeted orientation, study tours and practical leadership experiences. Secondary school scholarships worth up to $16 250 per annum per student (in 2010 prices) are available subject to eligibility and selection. Tertiary scholarships provide a contribution of $6000 per annum towards the costs of university and an additional up to $1250 supports each student’s leadership development (in 2010 prices). For more information: W: deewr.gov.au/IYLP 8.1.4 The Indigenous Youth Mobility Program The Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP) is helping the Australian Government to build effective partnerships with Australia's Indigenous peoples and to close the gaps between Indigenous and non‐
Indigenous Australians in education and employment outcomes. The IYMP supports Indigenous young people who wish to move away from home to gain the qualifications they need to have a greater chance of obtaining sustainable employment, whether they choose to return to their home community or seek opportunities elsewhere. The program supports young Indigenous people aged 16–24 primarily from remote areas to relocate to an IYMP host location to undertake post secondary education and training options. There is a strong focus on Australian apprenticeships, vocational education and training (VET) and higher education that leads to qualifications such as nursing, teaching, business administration and accounting and more. Updated December 2011 85 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS An IYMP pilot phase operated from 2006 until June 2009. New IYMP arrangements came into operation for the period between June 2009 and December 2012; the end of the current Indigenous Education funding period. IYMP is an on‐going program. For more information: IYMP Providers WA Perth Nyaarla Projects T: 08 9259 5700 Broome Nyaarla Projects T: 08 9259 5700 W: deewr.gov.au/iymp 8.1.5 Sporting Chance In 2009, 38 school based sports academies will support some 3000 Indigenous secondary students, including students from remote locations, who are at risk of not completing their schooling. The aim of the academies is to encourage positive educational outcomes for Indigenous students (boys and girls) using sport and recreation. Key indicators of success will include: 
an increase in school attendance; 
students' strengthened engagement with school and improved attitudes to schooling; 
improved achievement in student learning; 
increased retention to year 12 or its vocational equivalent; and 
greater parental and community involvement with the schools and students' schooling. This year the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) will undertake an evaluation of the Sporting Chance Program, to be completed by September 2011. The evaluation will measure the extent to which the Sporting Chance Program is meeting its objective and will be crucial for shaping the future direction of the program. Funding has been fully committed to December 2012. For further information: E: [email protected] W: deewr.gov.au/sportingchance 8.1.6 Education engagement strategies – Role Models Australia Role Models Australia provides leadership, sports and education programs to assist Western Australian youth, particularly Indigenous youth, who suffer from poverty, sickness, misfortune, or a disconnectedness from their community. Updated December 2011 86 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS Improving the educational outcomes for young Indigenous people and increasing school attendance is the key objective of Role Models Australia up4it Leadership Development Program. In 2008 some 3000 students participated in the project. Sponsored by both the state government and private sectors, the project involves Indigenous and non‐Indigenous sports role models conducting approximately 20 visits annually to WA remote and regional school communities. Following the visits students participate in an attendance monitoring period. Up to 300 students (senior primary/secondary) achieving set attendance targets qualify for selection to participate in a three day leadership camp in Perth that reinforces positive messages about: education and training; healthy lifestyles; sports and physical activity; and leadership and teamwork. In addition to focussing on school aged young people the Program gives attention to the engagement of the local community and Indigenous elders. For more information: Role Models WA T: 08 9258 8737 F: 08 9227 6400 E: [email protected] W: www.rolemodelsaustralia.com 8.2 Higher education 8.2.1 Indigenous Cadetship Support Indigenous Cadetship Support is aimed at improving the job prospects of Indigenous Australian students. It links full time Indigenous students undertaking a diploma, an advanced diploma or their first undergraduate degree with employers who can give them work placements and ongoing employment once they finish their studies. What is the role of a cadetship employer? Cadetship employers: 
provide paid work placements of 12 weeks for each year of the cadetship; 
support the cadet through their study and work placements, giving professional guidance and mentorship; 
employ cadets under an appropriate industrial instrument; and 
intend offering ongoing employment to the cadet once they successfully complete their cadetship. Financial assistance Indigenous Cadetship Support provides up to $7050 per semester to employers to support cadets with a living allowance and study related costs and offset employer administration costs. For more information: W: deewr.gov.au/ics Indigenous employment line: 1802 102 Updated December 2011 87 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.2.2 Indigenous Higher Education Units Indigenous Education Units (IEUs) are located in universities around Australia. These units provide support to Indigenous students, further Indigenous academic studies create a network of Indigenous students and academics and provide an Indigenous presence on university campuses. For more WA information: (also see section 4.0) Curtin University of Technology Centre for Aboriginal Studies W: gunada.curtin.edu.au/ E: [email protected] T: 08 9266 7091 F: 08 9266 2888 University of Western Australia School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care T: 08 9346 7504 F: 08 9346 1361 E: [email protected] W: sparhc.uwa.edu.au/camdh 8.2.3 Edith Cowan University Kurongkurl Katitjin School of Indigenous Australian Studies W: kk.ecu.edu.au/ T: 08 9370 6689 E: [email protected] University of Western Australia School of Indigenous Studies T: 08 6488 3428 / 08 6488 3428 or 1800 819 292 F: 08 6488 1100 E: [email protected] W: sis.uwa.edu.au/ Murdoch University Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre T: 08 9360 2128 F: 08 9360 6493 E: [email protected] W: kulbardi.murdoch.edu.au/ The Indigenous Staff Scholarship Program and other awards The Indigenous Staff Scholarship Program was established for Indigenous staff (academic or general) who have actively encouraged Indigenous students to participate in higher education and complete their courses. The scholarships enable staff to take one year of leave from their university employment to undertake full time higher education study in their chosen academic or professional area. This will recognise their commitment to assisting students in higher education and enhance their own academic/professional standing. They receive up to $23 600 as a living allowance and up to $11 800 for tuition fees and student contribution amounts for the year. Amounts are indexed annually. Five national scholarships are awarded annually, awarded on merit against the selection criteria outlined in the guidelines contained in the ISS website – see below. Priority is given to staff at postgraduate levels who have not previously received an Indigenous Staff Scholarship. However, interested Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff studying at the undergraduate level are also invited to apply. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Minister for Tertiary Education on advice from the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council. For more information: Updated December 2011 88 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS T: 1802 102 E: [email protected] W: deewr.gov.au/iss Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians The Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians provide financial support for Indigenous postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short term research, in any field of study, in participating outgoing countries. For more information: Endeavour website W: www.deewr.gov.au/International/EndeavourAwards/Pages/Home.aspx Excellence in Leadership in Indigenous Education Awards Schools who sign up and become members of the Dare to Lead Coalition are invited to enter. The awards are an acknowledgement of outstanding work and leadership in Indigenous education, and are presented to schools that excel across all criteria. The criteria includes being able to demonstrate at least a 10 per cent improvement in targeted outcomes for Indigenous students — in year 5 literacy and year 12 completions, providing effective leadership and involving the Indigenous community. The winning schools demonstrate focused, data driven, strategically‐planned activities with measurable outcomes for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and are determined by a panel of Indigenous and non‐Indigenous educators which assesses each school's application against set criteria. Winners are announced at a formal ceremony. High Achievement award‐winning schools receive $6000 plus a commemorative plaque. Other award winning schools receive $1000 and a certificate. For more information: W: http://www.daretolead.edu.au/DTL08_ProjOut_ExcellenceAwards 8.3 8.3.1 Indigenous skills Australian Apprentices Access Program The Australian Apprenticeships Access Program provides vulnerable job seekers who experience barriers to entering skilled employment with nationally recognised pre‐vocational training, support and assistance. The Access Program is delivered locally by brokers and providers who work closely with employers to deliver training that meets industry needs. The program is provided at no cost to participants and assists them to find and keep an Australian Apprenticeship, or to enter employment or further education or training. The Program includes a minimum of 150 hours of nationally recognised, accredited pre‐vocational training linked to an Australian Apprenticeship pathway and delivered by Registered Training Organisations. Following the training period participants receive individualised intensive job search assistance for up to 13 weeks. Participants who gain an apprenticeship or other employment or commence in further education or training, along with their employers, receive at least 13 weeks of post‐placement support. Updated December 2011 89 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS Under the Building Australia's Future Workforce package the Access Program has been supported by an additional $19.7 million in funding from 1 July 2012. For more information: W: www.deewr.gov.au/accessprogram
8.3.2 Indigenous Wage Subsidy (IWS) Indigenous Wage Subsidy (IWS) is an incentive paid to employers when they employ eligible Indigenous Australians on an ongoing basis. IWS offers wage subsidies to employers of up to: 
$6600 (including GST) over 26 weeks for ongoing full time employment (35 hours or more per week, or as defined as full time in the relevant industrial award or certified workplace agreement); or 
$3300 (including GST) over 26 weeks for ongoing part time work of at least 15 hours per week, every week. From 1 July 2009, the subsidy will comprise two components: 
a set rate subsidy of $4400 for full time positions and a retention bonus of $1100 after 13 and 26 weeks of employment; and 
a set rate subsidy of $2200 for part time positions and a retention bonus of $550 after 13 and 26 weeks of employment. The retention bonus is available for positions with job start dates from 1 July 2009. Career Development Assistance of up to $550 (including GST) is available to employers with IWS participants (with job start dates from 1 July 2009) who in enrol in an accredited training course, obtain a ticket (such as Stop/Go), or Licence (such as forklift) within their first 26 weeks of employment. Eligibility Criteria To be eligible for Indigenous Wage Subsidy (IWS) the job must be: 1. paid under an award or certified agreement; 2. ongoing (that is, the employer knows of no reason why the position will not continue indefinitely); 3. a full time position of 35 hours per week or more, full time specified in the relevant award or agreement or a part time position of at least 15 hours per week, every week for the 26 week subsidy period; and 4. not receiving wage subsidy funding from any other government program (see guidelines for exceptions). Applying for Indigenous Wage Subsidy (IWS) To apply for Indigenous Wage Subsidy (IWS) download an application form (www.deewr.gov.au/iws) and either:  email it back to: [email protected];  fax the form to: 02 6276 9617; or Updated December 2011 90 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS  post the form to: Wage Assistance Indigenous Employment Program Branch Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations GPO Box 9879 Canberra City ACT 2601 For further information: W: deewr.gov.au/iws or T: Indigenous Employment Line (freecall) 1802 102 8.3.3 Indigenous Employment Program The objective of the reformed Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) is to increase Indigenous Australians employment outcomes and participation in economic activities, contributing to the Governments commitment to halving the gap between Indigenous and non‐Indigenous employment outcomes within a decade. The IEP supports a broad range of activities that are responsive to the needs of employers, Indigenous Australians and their communities. Support is available for activities that help to achieve the objective of the IEP and that offer value for money. These could include activities that will: 
encourage and support employers to provide sustainable employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians; 
encourage and support Indigenous Australians to take up training and employment opportunities, stay in jobs and enhance their future employment prospects; 
assist Indigenous communities, industry bodies and groups of employers to develop Indigenous workforce and economic development strategies that support local and regional economic growth; or 
assist Indigenous Australians to develop sustainable businesses and economic opportunities in urban, regional and remote areas. The Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) is being changed to be more flexible and responsive to the needs of employers, Indigenous Australians and their communities. The new IEP will be easier to access and Government will work with Indigenous Australians and their communities, industries and employers on an ongoing basis to ensure the program remains accessible and relevant to their needs. The new IEP will: 
meet the needs of more employers including small and medium size businesses; 
support more communities in developing their own economic direction; and 
help more Indigenous people get jobs and start businesses. It will do this by: 
increasing the level of funding and support available; 
encouraging, recognising and promoting achievements in Indigenous employment; Updated December 2011 91 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 
building aspirations; 
providing mentoring to individuals and businesses; and 
reducing red tape. Communities, industries and employers will be able to access packages of assistance to suit their needs. Job Services Australia, IEP and CDEP providers play a critical role in supporting Indigenous Australian job seekers to develop their capacity and skills, and find ongoing employment. The reformed Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) will complement Job Services Australia as well as the reforms to Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP). CDEP providers are encouraged to work with IEP providers, employers and community service organisations to maximise Indigenous employment in local jobs both within their organisations as well as in the local and the wider community. CDEP providers will be expected to identify suitable job seekers and assist in preparing and supporting them to take up available positions Eligibility Indigenous participants being assisted by Job Services Australia may be referred to an IEP project with permission from their Job Services Australia provider. IEP assistance will complement the assistance being provided by Job Services Australia. With permission from their CDEP provider, CDEP participants on income support can be referred to participate in IEP activities to complement the assistance provided by CDEP. CDEP participants in receipt of CDEP wages can only take part in IEP activities where the objective is for the person to move off CDEP wages. For further information:  For people not registered with Centrelink: The local Centrelink office can assess the individual’s situation and work out which services apply to them. Some eligible job seekers can register directly with a Job Services Australia provider without going through Centrelink. To find out more please go to: W: www.deewr.gov.au/EMPLOYMENT/JSA/Pages/default.aspx T: 13 17 64  For people already registered with Centrelink: Talk with the local Job Services Australia Provider who will provide a tailored employment pathway plan which suits the needs of the individual.  For Indigenous people not registered with a Job Services Australia Provider: T: Indigenous Employment Line on 1802 102 Updated December 2011 92 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.3.4 Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres engage and enable job seekers to connect with employers and service providers to take up opportunities in the workforce. We welcome you to explore and connect to opportunities through our website or contact one of our Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres. For further information: Perth Centre Level 2, 166 Murray Street, Perth T: 08 9224 6535 or 08 9224 6587 E: [email protected] Regional centres Bunbury Broome 15 Stirling Street Unit 6/20 Dampier Bunbury WA 6230 Terrace T: 08 9791 4813 Broome WA 6725 E: T: 08 9192 6763 E: [email protected]
[email protected] .gov.au .gov.au Geraldton 162 Marine Terrace Geraldton WA 6530 T: 08 9964 6345 E: [email protected]
a.gov.au Kalgoorlie Unit 1/37 Brookman Street Kalgoorlie WA 6430 T: 08 9091 3560 E: [email protected]
a.gov.au 8.3.5 Aboriginal Education Directorate The Aboriginal Education Directorate's key focus is on improving the education outcomes of Aboriginal students by providing strategic advice and support. The Directorate plays a pivotal leadership role that includes comprehensive support networking, brokering funding and collaboration with the Australian Government and other stakeholders to ensure joint goals and directions. The Directorate is also responsible for monitoring and reporting on the achievement of system level standards in Aboriginal education. The Aboriginal Education Strategy 2010–2014 Closing the Gap sets out how we will improve the education outcomes of Aboriginal students and is aligned with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan Draft 2010–2014. The Directorate has a range of initiatives that focus on closing the gap between the education outcomes of Aboriginal and non‐Aboriginal students. The Directorate’s key areas of improvement are:  readiness for formal schooling;  attendance; Updated December 2011 93 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS  literacy and numeracy; and  attainment of year 12 certification or certificate II qualification. For more information contact: Aboriginal Education Directorate Department of Education 151 Royal Street East Perth WA 6004 E: [email protected] T: 08 9264 5253 F: 08 9264 4664 8.3.6 Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2011–2015 The Council of Australian Governments has set a national target of at least 2.6 per cent of public sector employment for Aboriginal employment across all classifications by 2015 to increase employment to reflect the expected national Aboriginal working age population share. Each jurisdiction must determine its contribution to that target taking into account the proportion of Aboriginal working age population (aged 15 – 64 years). For Western Australia, we have agreed to a target of 3.2 per cent by 2015, representing the estimated Aboriginal proportion of the total working age population in 2015. Key components of this strategy include the following for the WA Public Sector:  development and implementation of a centrally coordinated and funded traineeship program which encompasses an integrated employment, training and mentoring support service;  development and promotion of a range of Aboriginal specific entry level strategies targeting all age groups including o an Aboriginal Cadetship program;  public sector government and school based traineeships and internships; and  work experience placements. For more information: Public Sector Commission 197 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000 T: 08 9219 6261 F: 08 9219 6022 E: [email protected] W: publicsector.wa.gov.au Department of Indigenous Affairs 197 St Georges Terrace Perth, Western Australia T: 08 9235 8000 F: 08 9235 8088 E: [email protected] W: dia.wa.gov.au 8.3.7 Aboriginal School Based Traineeships Aboriginal School Based Training will help start an apprenticeship or traineeship in school which helps to get a job afterwards. Updated December 2011 94 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS As an apprentice or trainee, the individual is employed by a group training organisation, which places them with a host employer. They spend time in the workplace with the host employer and time training with the training provider. What is the training about? 
This normally starts in year 10 with a course to equip the individual with skills to start work, this course can also be done in year 11 or 12. 
Once the young person is ready, they can start an apprenticeship or traineeship either in Year 11 or Year 12. This is when they start to get paid for working on the job. 
The apprenticeship or traineeship can be part time or full time. 
If they choose a part time traineeship, they may spend up to four days in school and one day in the workplace. They may also get some off the job training with a State Training Provider or registered training organisation. 
If the young person chooses a part time apprenticeship, they may spend three days in school, one day with a training provider and one day in the workplace. 
If the young person chooses to become a full time apprentice or trainee, they would leave school to train but stay employed by a group training organisation. There is a range of areas where an individual can do an apprenticeship or traineeship including but not limited to: 
business; 
automotive; 
building and construction; 
hospitality; and 
metals and engineering. For more information: School VET Coordinator or call the ApprentiCentre on 13 19 54 W: trainingwa.wa.gov.au/apprenticentre 8.3.8 National Indigenous Cadetship Project (NICP) The National Indigenous Cadetship Project (NICP) is an Australian Government initiative that improves the professional employment prospects of Indigenous Australians. It links Indigenous tertiary students with employers in a cadetship arrangement involving full time study and work placements. Updated December 2011 95 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS The NICP is part of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Policy (IEP). The IEP aims to generate more employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians. The cadetship links Indigenous students undertaking a diploma, advanced diploma or their first undergraduate degree with employers in a cadetship arrangement involving full time study and paid work placements. Cadets are provided with a study allowance, an allowance for books and equipment, and are paid a wage by their employer during their work placement. For more information contact: Indigenous Employment Line T: 1802 102 W ics.deewr.gov.au/ E: [email protected] 8.3.9 Abstudy Abstudy is an allowance that assists students to stay at school or in further study. Indigenous secondary or tertiary students or a full time Australian apprentice may be eligible. Depending on the situation, students might also be eligible for extra payments to help with the costs of studying. For more information contact: Abstudy T: 13 23 17 W: centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/payments/abstudy.htm 8.4 Additional training courses funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development The Department of Training and Workforce Development provides funding to organisations to provide specialist courses to various target groups. The funding is allocated on a competitive basis. The specialist courses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are outlined below. Updated December 2011 96 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.4.1 Access Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development Access programs aim to promote equality of opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to gain access to vocational education and training that will lead to further training or employment. Courses are updated on a regular basis. For further information: W: trainingwa.wa.gov.au/tra/detcms/navigation/funded‐programs/access/who‐s‐contracted/ (Course Lists) Contact: registered training organisations (RTO) for specific course details. 8.5 8.5.1 Independent Indigenous training providers Abmusic Abmusic is the only indigenous contemporary music school in the southern hemisphere. It is a special purpose music training facility with recording studio and classrooms. It offers a range of Certificate and Diploma level courses in the Performing Arts (Music). For more information contact: Abmusic 295 Manning Road Waterford WA 6152 T: 08 9458 9077 F: 08 9351 8167 E: [email protected] W: www.abmusic.org.au 8.5.2 Djaringo Pty Ltd–Nirrumbuk Djaringo provides training for Aboriginal people and is a preferred training provider for Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) participants throughout the Kullarri region. For more information contact: Nirrumbuk Skill Centre 34 Blackman St Broome WA PO Box 1678 Broome WA 6725 T: 08 9193 7100 F: 08 9193 7499 E: [email protected]
W: nirrumbuk.org.au Updated December 2011 97 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.5.3 Karrayili Adult Education Centre Karrayili offers accredited courses to suit the needs and interests of local Indigenous people and communities. These include certificates in general education, business and environmental health. For more information contact: Karrayili Adult Education Centre Flynn Drive PO Box 44 Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765 T: 08 9191 5333 F: 08 9191 5344 E: [email protected] 8.5.4 Mamarapha College (formerly ATSIM Bible College) The Mamarapha College, run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, offers certificate and diploma level courses in pastoral and ministry studies. Students from all denominations are welcome. It aims to teach Australian Indigenous men and women the Bible and how to share their faith with their own people across Australia. The courses cover four main study areas: 
biblical studies; 
ministry studies; 
life skills; and 
general studies. For more information contact: Mamarapha College 188 School Road Karragullen WA 6111 T: 08 9397 7233 F: 08 9397 7244 E: [email protected] W: mamarapha.adventist.edu.au Updated December 2011 98 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.5.5 Marr Mooditj Aboriginal Health College Marr Mooditj trains Indigenous health workers. It offers a range of certificate and diploma level courses for Indigenous people who want to work in the fields of physical and mental health. For more information contact: Marr Mooditj Aboriginal Health College Clontarf Complex 295 Manning Road Waterford WA 6152 T: 08 9351 9344 F: 08 9350 6830 E: [email protected] W: marr‐mooditj.com.au 8.5.6 Ngaanyatjarra Community College Ngaanyatjarra provides courses to 12 local communities to suit the needs and interests of the local Indigenous people. Courses include general education, office administration, community management, and electrical and automotive trades. For more information contact: Ngaanyatjarra Community College Warburton Community PMB 71 VIA Alice Springs NT 0872 T: 08 8956 7531 F: 08 8956 7947 E: [email protected] Updated December 2011 99 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.6 Training courses Indigenous people are encouraged to participate in the full range of certificate and diploma courses offered by State Training Providers and other providers of vocational education and training. Some courses for Aboriginal programs have numeracy and literacy components, others include work experience and others can be run on site at Indigenous communities. State Training Providers also offer training in: 
pre‐vocational award courses, traineeships and apprenticeships; and 
specialised courses to meet the needs and interest of Indigenous people. For more information contact Indigenous Student Services Officers at State Training Providers: Central Institute of Technology T: 1300 300 822 E: [email protected] West Coast Institute of Training T: 1300 134 881 Great Southern Institute T: 1800 675 781 or 08 9892 8888 E: [email protected] Challenger Institute of Technology
T: 08 9239 8189 Freecall: 1800 001 001 TTY: 08 9336 5629 E: [email protected] CY O’Connor Institute T: 08 9622 6777 E: [email protected] Kimberley Training Institute T: 1300 996 573 or 08 9192 9100 F: 08 9192 9111 E: [email protected] South West Institute of Technology T: 08 9780 7000 (General) E: [email protected] Polytechnic West T: 08 9267 7777 E: [email protected] polytechnic.wa.edu.au Durack Institute of Technology T: 08 9956 2700 or 1800 672 700 F: 08 9921 7705 E: [email protected] Pilbara Institute Karratha Campus T: 08 9159 6700 or 1300 304 244 F: 08 9159 6711 Updated December 2011 100 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS Tertiary sector 8.7 8.7.1 School of Indigenous Studies – The University of Western Australia (UWA) The School of Indigenous Studies at The University of Western Australia (UWA) aims to increase the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in degree courses. Through the School of Indigenous Studies there are various means of alternative entry for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: 
direct entry to degrees through the provisional entry scheme; 
Aboriginal orientation course (one year course); 
Aboriginal pre‐law program (five week summer course); and 
Aboriginal pre‐medicine and dentistry program (five week summer course). The school also offers the following secondary school programs: 
Indigenous Science Club; 
residential programs including: Science and Engineering Camp for year 9, health and science career workshop for year 10, year 12 seminar; 
career expos; and 
school excursions to UWA. Year 8 students can attend the Discovery Day held every November, which introduces them to the university environment through a diverse range of hands‐on activities at different departments on campus. The UWA Campus Challenge is also held in the July holidays and the School of Indigenous Study sponsors several students from years 10, 11 and 12 to attend. Students stay at residential college and engage in academic, sporting recreational and social activities on campus exposing them to all aspects of university life. For more information contact: School of Indigenous Studies The University of Western Australia 35 Stirling Highway Crawley WA 6009 T: 08 6488 3428 or 1800 819 292 F: 08 6488 1100 E: [email protected] W: sis.uwa.edu.au Updated December 2011 School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care T: 08 9346 7504 F: 08 9346 1361 E: [email protected] W: sparhc.uwa.edu.au/camdh 101 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.7.2 Centre for Aboriginal Studies – Curtin University The centre is wholly managed by Aboriginal people and is firmly committed to a policy of Aboriginal self‐
determination and self‐management. The centre aims to promote increased participation of Aboriginal people in tertiary studies. Courses offered through the Centre for Aboriginal Studies include: 
Aboriginal bridging course; 
Associate Degree Indigenous community health program; 
Associate Degree Indigenous community management and development program; 
Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Community Health); 
Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Community Management and Development); and 
Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course. Postgraduate courses include: 
Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies; and 
Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Studies. For more information contact: Centre for Aboriginal Studies Curtin University GPO Box U 1987 Perth 6845 T: 08 9266 7091 F: 08 9266 2888 E: [email protected] W: gunada.curtin.edu.au Updated December 2011 102 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.7.3 Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre – Murdoch University One of the main objectives of the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre is to encourage increased Indigenous participation in tertiary education. The centre is designed to foster student interaction, group solidarity and cultural support. Alternative admission available through Kulbardi includes: 
Kulbardi Aboriginal Tertiary Entrance Course (KATEC–one year bridging course) is available at both South Street and Rockingham campuses; 
Koora Kudidj Indigenous pre‐law program; 
Kulbardi Wangkiny Indigenous pre‐media program; 
Wangkiny Boodjah Indigenous pre‐sustainability (science) program; 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterinary studies program testing; 
Kulbardi Aboriginal direct entry; 
Uni‐Quest/UniAccess; and 
Koort Mooditj – Pre‐Nursing Programme. Support services available at Kulbardi include: 
supplementary tuition via Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS); 
Murdoch Aboriginal and Islander Student Association (MAISA); 
computer room with a resource library, photocopier and internet access; 
student common room with full facilities; 
cultural, personal and academic advice, support and advocacy; 
Introduction to Nyungar cultural studies curriculum; and 
Indigenous mentoring for all Kulbardi students. For more information contact: Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre Murdoch University South Street Murdoch WA 6150 T: 08 9360 2128/6591 F: 08 9360 6493 E: [email protected] W: kulbardi.murdoch.edu.au Updated December 2011 103 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.7.4 Kurongkurl Katitjin–Edith Cowan University (ECU) Kurongkurl Katitjin, which means ‘coming together to learn’, is the School of Indigenous Australian Studies at Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Mount Lawley campus. It offers educational programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non‐Indigenous people that can lead to further study or employment. Indigenous university orientation course is a one year, six unit course which bridges students into mainstream study. It prepares Indigenous students with the academic skills and understandings needed for university degree studies. Students may fast track into university studies after six months of the course if they are demonstrating high performance levels in three units. The course is offered internally with limited external places. Other courses include: 
Diploma of Indigenous Services; 
Indigenous University Orientation Course (IUOC); 
Diploma of Indigenous Services; 
Bachelor of Social Science (Indigenous Services); 
Minor in Indigenous Studies (MIINDS); 
Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Sector Management; and 
Master of Arts (Indigenous Sector Management). Alternative entry – Aboriginal Student Intake Test is offered 10 times a year and is administered in Perth and Geraldton. Arrangements can also be made to test candidates at other or residential locations. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Depending on the applicant’s results, the test can provide direct entry into mainstream courses or entry into the Indigenous university orientation course. Support services include an Indigenous student body that assists with housing, student issues and holds social events, Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme and student centre coordinators who assist with general enquiries and academic and personal counselling. For more information contact: Kurongkurl Katitjin – School of Indigenous Australian Studies Edith Cowan University Mt Lawley Campus South West Campus Robertson Drive 2 Bradford Street Bunbury Mt Lawley WA 6050 WA 6230 T: 08 9370 6689 or 1800 648 994 F: 08 9370 6055 E: [email protected] W: kk.ecu.edu.au Updated December 2011 Regional Centre Geraldton University Centre 33 Onslow Street Geraldton 6530 Or Post Office Box 2779 Geraldton WA 6531 104 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.8 Employment programs and services 8.8.1 Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2011 – 2015 (see section 8.3.6) 8.8.2 Aboriginal Training and Employment Program The Department of Training and Workforce Development supports a network of project officers based with non‐government organisations across 4 regions in Western Australia (Pilbara, Wheatbelt, Peel and Great Southern). These officers work with local communities to support and help Aboriginal people to access employment, training and enterprise development opportunities in regional areas of Western Australia. For more information contact: Department of Training and Workforce Development Optima Building Level 2 and Level 3 16 Parkland Road Osborne Park WA 6017 Contact: David Bell T: 08 6551 5000 W: trainingwa.wa.gov.au or Pilbara Bloodwood Tree Association 36 Roberts Street South Hedland WA 6722 T: 08 9172 3622 F: 08 9140 1474 E: [email protected] Great Southern Southern Aboriginal Corporation PO Box 5277 Albany WA 6332 T: 08 9842 7777 F: 08 9842 7780 Wheatbelt Directions 133 Fitzgerald Street Northam WA 6401 T: 08 9622 6500 E: [email protected] Peel SMYL Community Services 29 Queen Victoria Street Fremantle WA T: 08 9430 4921 E: [email protected] Updated December 2011 105 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.8.3 Burnna Yurral Aboriginal Corporation (BYAC) Burnna Yurral Aboriginal Corporation (BYAC) provides skilled and reliable Aboriginal and non‐Aboriginal permanent and contract hire staff to the mining industry. BYAC also provides training and skills development to Indigenous people in areas such as rigging, dogging, scaffolding, elevated work platforms, skid steer loading, slewing crane, forklift, MARCSTA, first aid and other training for entry level employment on mine sites. Other services include housing management for Indigenous employees, native title and cross cultural communication training. For more information contact: BYAC Head Office 24 Kalamunda Road South Guildford WA 6055 PO Box 2266, Midland WA 6936 T: 08 9378 2961 F: 08 6278 2954 E: [email protected] W: byac.com.au 8.8.4 Carey Mining Carey Mining is a wholly Indigenous owned and operated business and takes an active approach to developing employment and career opportunities for Indigenous people in mining and civil industries. Carey Mining provides Indigenous and non‐Indigenous personnel to mining and civil construction sites throughout Western Australia. For more information contact: Carey Mining 65 Kurnall Road, Welshpool WA 6106 T: +61 08 9454 9899 F: +61 08 9454 8561 W: careymining.com.au Updated December 2011 106 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.8.5 Indigenous Employment Coordinator–Edith Cowan University (ECU) Edith Cowan University (ECU) has in place an Indigenous employment plan to provide employment opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in traineeships, national Indigenous cadetships, and Indigenous school based traineeships and general staff appointments. Assistance is provided with job applications and interview preparations. For more information contact: Indigenous Employment Coordinator Edith Cowan University 100 Joondalup Drive Joondalup WA 6027 T: 08 6304 2834 M: 0419 906 772 F: 08 6304 2760 E: [email protected] W: ecu.edu.au/future‐staff/career‐pathways/aboriginal‐and‐torres‐strait‐islander‐peoples/indigenous‐
employment‐coordinator 8.8.6 Indigenous Skills Preparation and Recruitment Program Unity of First People of Australia (UFPA) offers the Indigenous Skills Preparation and Recruitment Program. This is a pre‐training course for entry into the Western Australian Police Academy and/or other career paths (eg mining industry). Participants receive intensive training in life skills, interpersonal skills, numeracy, literacy, computing, fitness and other core competencies. For more information contact: Unity of First People of Australia (UFPA) 979 Wellington St West Perth 6005 T: 08 9322 6533 E: [email protected] Updated December 2011 107 | P a g e RESOURCES MANUAL FOR CAREER PRACTITIONERS 8.8.7 Workability – Indigenous Workability remains committed to assisting Indigenous people with disabilities to secure and maintain employment. Workability has: 
developed strong relationships with over 250 loyal employers; 
a strong commitment to working with young people with disabilities and people with mental health problems; and 
continued to provide on the job support and co‐worker training to its clients placed into employment. For more information contact: Workability 1 Brewer St Perth WA 6004 T: 08 9228 9999 F: 08 9228 9988 E: [email protected] W: workability.org.au 8.9 Centrecare Centrecare provides services to children, youth; families and individuals (see section 16.1 for more details). 8.10 Communicare Communicare offers a range of services for families including personal and financial counselling, parenting programs, domestic violence programs, and drop‐in playgroups (see section 16.2 for more details). 8.11 Edmund Rice Centre The Edmund Rice Centre provides easily accessible educational and recreational activities, designed to enhance English language skills and help build supportive networks for refugee, migrant and Aboriginal people (see section 12.13 for more details). 8.12 Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA) Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA) provides extra help with the cost of approved childcare. It is paid to eligible parents who are undertaking activities such as rehabilitation, study, work or job search to help them enter or re‐enter the workforce (see section 15.10 for details). 8.13 Relationships Australia Relationships Australia offer counselling and mediation services along with various relationship/family support courses (including specialist courses for men) and a professional development training program (see section 16.4 for details).
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