New agreement identifies Indigenous employment opportunities

14/03/2013

New jobs and training opportunities for Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people could flow from a Relationship Agreement between Leighton Contractors and the Newman Government.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier, Glen Elmes and General Manager, Leighton Contractors Northern Infrastructure, Hugh Boyd signed the landmark jobs and training agreement today.

"This agreement recognises the combined experience and benefits of both entities working together," Mr Elmes said.

"This partnership proves the Newman Government's commitment to real and sustainable economic participation for Indigenous Queenslanders.

"Leighton Contractors is a leading contracting and development group, providing services to the infrastructure, mining, telecommunications, civil construction, industrial, energy, health and services sectors.

"Its commitment to creating more opportunities for Indigenous Queenslanders across a number of sectors is an outstanding example of corporate responsibility."

Mr Boyd said Leighton Contractors had a company-wide focus on strong leadership in championing and advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.

"At Leighton Contractors we believe we have both a responsibility and opportunity to contribute to the growth and advancement of Indigenous people and communities," Mr Boyd said.

"We do this by improving the representation, participation and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our own workforce, developing inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders within our workforce, and building the capacity of Indigenous business through partnerships."

Mr Elmes said his department was also negotiating agreements with the tourism, resources, agriculture and construction sectors to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and business opportunities as part of an Economic Participation Framework.