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Indigenous businesses: Open for Business

In the foyer of the Hilton Hotel, in the bustling centre of Sydney, a group of people gathered from all over Australia, ready to build relationships, network, and ultimately, do business.  ‘Open for business’ was the theme of the Connect 2012 Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC) annual tradeshow and conference.  Connect 2012, brings the rapidly growing group of AIMSC Members and Certified Suppliers together.   Since AIMSC started in 2010 the council has grown to 142 corporate and government members and 128 certified suppliers.  The total business activity has equated to over $44,000 million.    ... More...

05 April @ 02:40 Add your comment

CLOSING THE GAP - Jeremy Donovan

On March 8 2012 my wife and I were blessed by the birth of our second daughter and fourth and final child, ‘Jakarri June Donovan’. Jakarri was born at Nambour Public Hospital, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.   Jakarri is our fourth child, we had a certain level of awareness around the procedures of birth, but nothing could of prepared us for some of the trauma and fear that would soon come.  After some difficulties during an extremely fast labour, my wife and Jakarri returned to the maternity ward.  I went home to gather the family who had patiently been waiting with anticipation on the arrival of their newest sibling.   ... More...

22 March @ 09:23 Add your comment

Programmed for Change

At just 16, burdened with family problems, Stephen Thorpe was living alone in Adelaide. For a while he tried to navigate the complications of running a household alongside his school studies. The pressure mounted and Stephen eventually dropped out of school, beginning what he describes as a cycle of poor choices and missed opportunities. It was only in the middle of last year, when a friend suggested he take a look at the Australian Employment Covenant (AEC) website that he found something that sparked an interest; a traineeship with Programmed.  “I was very nervous going for the interview. So, when I got the position I was ecstatic. I really felt it was an opportunity to turn my life around,” Stephen enthused.  ... More...

21 March @ 10:16 Add your comment

Two years on with GenerationOne

Two years on, GenerationOne has grown to a movement of over 230,000 people.  Australians from all walks of life have got on-board the movement to end the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation.  After GenerationOne launched in March 2010 at the Sydney Opera House, it embarked on a road show, of communities across Australia.   The GenerationOne bus visited over 80 communities all over the country, listening to people about what changes they wanted to see.  Overwhelmingly the most important thing that we heard from people and their communities all over Australia was the need for jobs and long-term careers.   More importantly, people told us they don’t want anymore undirected training that doesn’t lead to... More...

19 March @ 03:39 Add your comment

Building Resilient Communities - Jeremy Donovan

On Wednesday 7th March 2012, I was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at a conference for Queensland Youth Industry Links (QYIL). The conference took place at the Sunshine Coast University’s state of the art 'Innovation Centre'.  The conference was focused on bringing people together from across the fields of youth engagement, education and employment.   ... More...

19 March @ 09:36 Add your comment

Tania Major - Connecting girls inspiring futures

Tania Major, GenerationOne spokesperson and proud Kokoberra woman from the remote community of Kowanyama in Cape York Queensland, was invited to attend the Coffs Harbour City Council celebrations for International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is observed by thousands of people all over the world and on March 8 Tania was part of the culturally diverse celebrations. The 2012 them was “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures”.  Tania was a keynote speaker at the event and shared her personal experiences from life, GenerationOne, and her Cape York Super Sisters Project with the attendees. She has reflected on the experience;      ... More...

14 March @ 03:32 Add your comment

Brain science: Gives you a buzz.

The brain is one of our most vital organs, made up of billions of tiny cells.  It is responsible for our learning and memory, impacts the way we feel, and processes the information coming in through our five senses.  To encourage students who have passion for science help discover what careers are available, Professor Linda Richards started the Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) in 2006, which is about to commence for 2012.   ... More...

06 March @ 04:54 Add your comment

You. Three Friends. Four New iPad2s. A bigger movement for change

I joined GenerationOne because I believe by working together, we can end the disparity between our peoples in one generation.  Already, over 230,000 Australians have joined with me and Tania Major, to help make this happen.  Now it's time to get our friends, family and work colleagues on board, to help us build this movement for change.   ... More...

01 March @ 02:49 Add your comment

Short speech by Tania Major Introducing Deb Nelson to Launch Career Ready – Vocational Training and Employment for Careers

Acknowledgment of country in Kokoberra Language: Ngánduw Patha-chvlyny Kokoberra Pa-ngplvlohoR  langgurr path kalé.m pa-kuthákuthvm yèn. Charles Madden. English translation:  I am a stranger on this land, a Kokoberra woman who acknowledges/see you here old man Charles Madden on your country.  As I child, I had a vision that Aboriginal people could have a better life.  My vision was based on the simple notion that we all appreciate listening. Listening to ancient voices. Listening to modern voices. Listening to men, to women, to children. Listening to our culture; listening to other cultures.  ... More...

24 January @ 10:55 Add your comment

Career Ready - Vocational Training and Employment Centres

January 23 at Yaama Dhiyaan in Sydney’s inner west, stakeholders including Hon. Julie Collins, Federal Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, joined with Deb Nelson, Managing Director of Yarn’n Aboriginal Employment Services; Rhonda Parker, CEO Australian Employment Covenant; Tim Gartrell, CEO GenerationOne and other stakeholders to officially launch the Career Ready – Vocational Training and Employment Centres Policy. The policy is calling for two main things - an employer-driven training process that will eliminate training for training’s sake, replacing it with training for a guaranteed job and four VTEC training sites around Australia.  The policy was developed after a year’s worth of community consultation and research. &... More...

23 January @ 03:01 Add your comment