NSW Police Careers Chosen By Young Indigenous Australians

Six young Indigenous Australians are this week applying to the Goulburn Police College after completing a Government-funded pre-recruitment course to help them develop their skills.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and Federal Member of Chifley Ed Husic today congratulated 16 participants who successfully completed the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD).

Speaking at the graduation ceremony at Mt Druitt TAFE today Senator Arbib said the chance to train and secure a job with the NSW Police Force seemed out of reach for many Indigenous Australians.

“IPROWD is a pre-recruitment initiative for up to 180 Indigenous people who want to join the police force,” Senator Arbib said. 

“The program has already succeeded in encouraging almost half of the graduates to apply and many others who have completed the course have gone on to other jobs, to work as Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers or undertake further study.

“Through the 18 week program participants study a Certificate lll in Vocation and Study Pathways providing them with the confidence, skills and academic qualifications needed for a career in the force.

“The participants then have the opportunity to apply to complete an Associate Degree in Policing Practice.”

Mr Husic said the Gillard Government was working toward boosting the number of Indigenous police officers in NSW by injecting $2.2 million from the Indigenous Employment Program into this innovative project.

“It is a fantastic partnership between the Gillard Government, the NSW Police Force and TAFE NSW,” Mr Husic said.

“The Mount Druitt IPROWD program is achieving great results and has strong support from the local Aboriginal community.

“I look forward to seeing more Indigenous police officers on the beat as we close the gap on Indigenous employment in New South Wales.”

Senator Arbib said Federal Treasury estimated 500,000 jobs would be created over the next two years and it was critical that Indigenous Australians had the support and training they needed to take up employment opportunities.

“Indigenous employment is not a short-term issue.  Over the next four years the Australian Government has committed almost $650 million to the Indigenous Employment Program and $50 million to the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway Program,” Senator Arbib said.

“This is part of the Australian Government’s goal to help Indigenous students find a job or move into further study and create more than 100,000 jobs for Indigenous Australians by 2018.”

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