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Appointment of Parry Agius to the Indigenous Reference Group (IRW)

We are excited to announce the appointment of Parry Agius to the Indigenous Reference Group (IRW).

The Indigenous Reference Group (IRG), as part of a national group to support the Morrison Government implement the National Roadmap for Indigenous Skills, Jobs and Wealth Creation. The National Roadmap for Indigenous Skills, Jobs and Wealth Creation is a collaborative effort between Indigenous Australians, businesses and the government. It provides a long term commitment to support economic development and enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gain the skills and confidence to pursue the careers and businesses they want.

The National Roadmap recognises there are still significant challenges that exist for Indigenous Australians who want to enter the job market, progress their careers and start and expand their businesses.

The Roadmap will help to address these barriers by driving government and industry investment to connect Indigenous Australians with training and employment, business support and broader economic opportunities.

The National Roadmap and its focus on enabling economic opportunity will complement and help realise the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. It will also help to support the achievement of a number of Closing the Gap targets.

Over the coming months, the NIAA will work together with Indigenous and non-Indigenous business, industry and other stakeholders to develop a detailed Action Plan to take forward the Roadmap. The Action Plan is expected to comprise a set of actions by governments and industry across the three domains and eight pillars detailed in the National Roadmap. Each of these parties are encouraged to identify actions they can take to improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

An Indigenous Reference Group will also be established to advise and support the development of the National Roadmap’s Action Plan. The group will include Indigenous leaders with extensive experience from across a range of industries and sectors that spans the areas of skills, jobs and business.

For more information, you can read the press release here, and you can read more about the National Roadmap for Indigenous Skills, Jobs and Wealth Creation here. The Indigenous Procurement Policy can be found here.