We are collaborating with other government agencies, local government bodies, and the private sector to maximise Indigenous employment and business opportunities. This includes the upgrading of Indigenous workers’ skills to maximise and sustain Indigenous employment outcomes.
A key objective of the program is to work with the alliances to ensure targets for Indigenous employment and training are met.
A target of 20 per cent has been set for Indigenous employment across the construction program for remote public housing, with performance-related financial incentives and penalties for the alliances to help achieve this.
Each alliance has an employment and workforce development team that is working with communities to identify opportunities for Indigenous people, enterprises and companies.
Job opportunities for Indigenous people are available in all aspects of the program delivery, such as direct construction, construction camp operations, transport and handling, and community liaison roles.
There are currently more than 120 Indigenous people employed by the alliances in the delivery of Australian and Northern Territory governments' construction program for remote public housing. These Territorians are now working on houses and learning new skills so they can seek further employment after the construction program is completed. Training such as Certificates I, II and III in Construction, logistics and transport, First Aid, brick and block laying, and carpentry is being undertaken.
Alliances also subcontract and use local companies that can provide services at a competitive cost, placing a priority on the use of local Indigenous companies.
It is important that the investment by the Australian and Northern Territory governments provides long lasting benefits. Under Remote Housing NT all remote public housing will be owned and managed by the Northern Territory Government (Territory Housing), with a repairs and maintenance program to extend dwelling life expectancy.
A key part of program is local employment. In each community Territory Housing will enter into a service level agreement with the local shire council or community housing organisation to deliver repairs and maintenance services, where possible. This agreement will encourage the employment of Indigenous people.
Territory Housing will have community housing officers who are community-based and, if possible, employed from the local community.
Community housing officers will carry out inspections of remote public housing dwellings, deal with maintenance issues and can assist you to comply with your tenancy agreement.