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                                      8 December 2010

New support service for social enterprises

The Australian Government will provide $1 million to establish a support service for
Australia’s social enterprises. This funding will build on the $20 million Social Enterprise
Development and Investment Fund, which builds partnerships between the finance, social
and corporate sectors.
Ms Ellis made the announcement while speaking at the recent Jobs Australia conference in
“The Australian Government wants to ensure that social enterpris es are viable and vibrant
operations, so they can continue to assist disadvantaged Australians to find training and
jobs,” Ms Ellis said.
“This new development support service will seek to ensure the ongoing viability of social
enterprise activities, to strengthen business planning and identify financing options.”
The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Fund is designed to provide loans and
support to social enterprises. These loans are aimed at increasing the sustainability and self -
sufficiency of Australia’s small but growing social enterprise sector.
“The addition of this targeted support underpins the Government’s investment in social
enterprises, and contributes to our Social Inclusion Agenda,” Ms Ellis said.
“The Government has continued to take steps to enhance its investment in social
enterprises through projects such as Mission Australia’s Working Futures Initiative project,
which will research how social enterprises could be best supported to employ highly
disadvantaged job seekers on a sustainable basis.”
For more information on SEDIF and the Government’s Social Inclusion Agenda, visit

NVEAC good practice case studies

The National VET Equity Advisory Council (NVEAC) would like to hear from registered
training organisations and other stakeholders who would like to share examples of
programs and initiatives that are achieving positive outcomes for disadvantaged learners.
NVEAC began gathering the information earlier this year, and this work, along with a review
of relevant research, has led to the development of a series of case studies and
underpinning good practice principles that support equity in vocational education and
training (VET). Some of the good practice principles developed include:

   1. Supported learner pathways and transitions are built into the learning experience.
   2. Strong partnerships and connections exist to support learners’ needs and their
      successful transitions to further learning and/or work.
   3. Training has been integrated with work experience and/or is aligned with areas of
      labour market demand to support sustainable employment outcomes.
   4. There is embedded support for foundation skills within vocational training.
   5. The voice of the learner is heard and acted upon
   6. A commitment to improving the capability of the VET workforce to address the
      needs of diverse learners
   7. The outcomes of the program/initiative have been measured and positive results are
      being achieved.

These good practice principles complement many of the equity reform areas that NVEAC is
advocating in its draft Equity Blueprint titled Creating Futures: Achieving Potential through
To access the NVEAC good practice case studies and the draft Equity Blueprint, visit (Select ‘What’s New’.)
For more information and to provide examples of good practice, contact Valerie Noy,
Principal Project Director, NVEAC Secretariat on 03 9832 8107.

National Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference to be held at Sea World
Resort, Gold Coast, Australia on May 17-19, 2011

Following the successful staging of the Global Domestic Violence Conference in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia, it was decided that a national indigenous conference be organized in
Australia. One of the highlights of the event was the presentation by Mr. Hughie Pepper, an
Indigenous Australian and Dr. Chris Laming of Monash University whom presented a
keynote on ‘Engaging Australian Indigenous Men to Stop Violence’.

Hughie Pepper is an Aboriginal man of the Gunnai Kurnai people of Gippsland. He is a
community leader, enormously respected. Hughie is the ‘go to’ person, highly regarded by
both mainstream and indigenous workers alike, because of his integrity, genuineness and
ability to quietly get things done. By developing programs in conjunction with others whilst
taking a holistic approach to combating domestic violence within his community, Mr.
Pepper outlined his work that bridges and links two worlds, the Koorie and non-aboriginal
people in his area. In his presentation, he further outlined the work within the Regional
Indigenous men’s behaviour. Furthermore, his work as case manager based at the Latrobe
Community Health Service proven to be a leading factor in combating domestic violence
within the whole region, working and facilitating men’s behaviour change groups for more
than ten years.

Because of his Aboriginality and his status, based on who he is and how he is, Hughie Pepper
has been able to challenge those men in the Aboriginal community who are abusive. It was
quite clear from Mr. Pepper’s presentation and soon become apparent that he is a role
model for young men and boys and demonstrates how he straddle two worlds, whilst
keeping his sense of humour and his feet on the ground. Delegates at the conference were
impressed with the presentation, the approach that Mr. Pepper’s team and community
were taking to overcome domestic violence in his area.

Indigenous people from throughout Australia should take pride and feel proud of the many
of successful projects to overcome family violence in the country. From an Indigenous point
of view, Australia is one of the leading countries in overcoming domestic violence, placing
Indigenous Australians at the full front of the battle. One of the things that emerged from
the conference was the need for further development of the global coalition’s network and
to further engage indigenous input into the coalition. To this end, a series of smaller
conferences will be held throughout the world, devoted to indigenous domestic violence
issues within local communities.

The 2011 National Indigenous Australian Domestic Violence Conference is scheduled to be
held at the Sea World Resort in the Gold Coast. Planning is in the early stages however, the
date will be on 17-19th of May 2011. The conference will focus on increasing awareness of
programs being delivered throughout Australia and some parts of the world. One of the
special guest speakers will be Ms. Maria Liza Edubas from the Philippines who is the
chairperson of the Global Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCA-DV). Furthermore, a
guest speaker from New Zealand and Thailand will also be speaking at the conference.

To ensure grassroots community programs are highlighted, no less than 50 percent of the
conference proceedings are and is devoted to community groups. Papers are now being
called for with the first closing date on the 25th of December 2010. To further ensure the
continuous success of the conference, an Australian Indigenous working group is being
established to advise the coalition on correct adherence to cultural equilibrium.
Furthermore, two (2) Indigenous Australian applicants are being sought for to form an
international working group for the establishment of a world-wide Indigenous conference
which is being planned in 2013. At this point in time, no country has been chosen for this
event and as such the working group would be responsible for nominating and choosing for
the first ever international Indigenous Domestic Violence. Ms. Liza Edubas, the chairperson
says ‘Australia or New Zealand stands a strong chance of hosting the next global event
because of the involvement of Mr. Pepper’s team and other delegates from Australia.
For more information on the 2011 National Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference in
Australia, please visit or send us an email at

Early post-school outcomes of Indigenous youth: the role of literacy and
Using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), this briefing paper
explores the impact of literacy and numeracy levels on the educational gap between
Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. The paper focuses on the early post-school
outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people between 1999 and 2007. Raising
the levels of literacy and numeracy for Indigenous youth would help to improve some of
their educational outcomes. However, many Indigenous young people face multiple
disadvantages, such as poor access to post-school education and poor health, in addition to
low literacy and numeracy levels, which subsequently affect their outcomes.

You can read more about this study here:

$24 million for Indigenous literacy and numeracy

Indigenous students across Australia are set to benefit from 15 new Intensive Literacy and
Numeracy projects funded by the Australian Government.
The Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, announced the Government’s
commitment to an extra $24 million to fund the 15 new projects.
 “These projects are designed to help halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy
achievement for Indigenous children by 2018,” Mr Garrett said.
“The allocation of more funding shows that the Australian Government is very seriously
committed to helping Indigenous students reach their full potential at school.”
Mr Garrett acknowledged schools across Australia for their achievements towards Clos ing
the Gap and improving outcomes for all students.
The 15 new projects will be implemented over the next two years in both government and
non-government schools.
Funded projects include multi-system and multi- state projects such as the “Principals as
Literacy Leaders with Indigenous Communities” initiative, which is being run in partnership
with the Australian Primary Principals Association.
It aims to link principals with parents and families in Indigenous communities and will help
the states and the NT meet their goal of halving the literacy and numeracy gaps between
Indigenous and non-Indigenous students by 2018.
“To improve the literacy and numeracy skills of Indigenous students is a big challenge and
there is a real need for schools, communities, organisations and governments to work
closely together,” Mr Garrett said.
“I am very pleased that many of these Intensive Literacy and Numeracy projects, like the
Principals as Literacy Leaders with Indigenous Communities project, will see these groups
working in partnership to achieve real results for Indigenous students.”
Mr Garrett said the Australian Government is highly committed to tackling Indigenous
educational disadvantage and has made this a key goal of its Education Revolution.
For more information

Securing Jobs for Your Future – Skills for Victoria
The Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIIIRD) on behalf of the
Victorian Skills Commission (VSC) has released a second round of Expressions of Interest
(SKILLSVIC 2011-02) for the 2011 Securing Jobs for Your Future – Skills for Victoria
agreement. Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) who have not previously submitted an
application in the first round of are now able to tender.

Securing Jobs for Your Future – Skills for Victoria is an initiative of the Victorian Government
focused on the reform of the training system which will better meet the needs of
individuals, businesses and industry. The initiative commenced on 1 July 2009 and is to be
implemented from 2009—2012. This will give Victoria a better Vocational Education and
Training system, providing a subsided training place for all eligible Victorians and a fairer fee
structure. The reformed training system will provide the skills development needed for
individuals and businesses to boost workforce engagement and meet indus try demand.
The 2011 Securing Jobs for Your Future – Skills for Victoria agreement is for the provision of
nationally recognised training, subsidised for eligible individuals through the Victorian
Training Guarantee (VTG). From 2011 the full eligibility criteria for all qualifications will be

Expressions of Interest close 2.00pm on Friday, 31 December 2010. For further information
or to obtain tender documents go to the Government Funded Training Program website

Apply now to become an Education Ambassador

Are you an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander person who’s passionate about
education? Do you think you could be a good role model? Maybe you should consider
applying to become an Indigenous Education Ambassador with the Department of
Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
The Indigenous Education Ambassadors Program recruits Aboriginal and Torres Stra it
Islander peoples to promote the importance of achievement in early learning, schooling,
higher education and training to students and young people.
We’re looking for a broad range of people across age groups, trades and professions. You do
not need to be a high profile leader to be an Ambassador. You just need to be a person who
can speak confidently and motivate students, young people and communities.
Our Ambassadors visit children’s services, schools, TAFE colleges and universities to take
part in events that promote the importance of education. They share their personal stories,
as well as promote positive messages about the importance of education as a pathway to
greater choices in life, a job, or starting a business.
It’s easy to apply to become an Ambassador - there are two simple steps to follow. First,
read the program guidelines and fill in the Indigenous Education Ambassadors Program
application form. If you know someone who you would be a good Ambassador, please
forward this information to them.

Program Guidelines (    PDF 267KB |     RTF 1.4MB)

If you would like to learn more about the program, visit the Ambassadors website. If you
would like further information please email or telephone
(02) 6240 7404 or (02) 6240 5687

Teacher of General Education for Adults in remote communities in the Fitzroy

Do you want to support Aboriginal people in remote communities to develop mainstream
skills while maintaining and sharing their unique culture and lifestyle?

Karrayili Adult Education Centre is looking for an innovative and dynamic teacher to work
with Aboriginal adults in a number of small remote communities in the Fitzroy Valley. The
teacher will be based at Yakanarra but will also deliver programs to neighbouring

In this position you will work with adults to develop literacy, nu meracy and computer skills
through individual or group projects. These projects support activities or training relevant
to the lives of students within these communities. The framework for this training is
provided by the Certificates of General Education for Adults (CGEA).

Karrayili Adult Education Centre is an independent Aboriginal Registered Training
Organisation located in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia. An annexe for the centre is
located on Yakanarra community, approximately 140km from Fitzro y Crossing. The
Yakanarra teacher works under the direction of and in collaboration with the Board of
Directors, the Principal and the CGEA coordinator based in Fitzroy Crossing.

Coordination and communication with local community members, school teachers and
administrators is vital. Other duties include maintaining and providing information on
student enrolments, attendance and assessments in accordance with the Australian Quality
Training Framework.

Salary package of $55,000 - $72,000 depending on qualifications & experience plus many
other benefits including salary sacrificing options, rent & utility subsidies, provision of work
vehicle, 6 weeks annual leave, professional development opportunities and assistance with
relocation costs.

 Contact the Principal, Carolyn Davey, on 08 9191 5333 or at for
an information package including duty statement and selection criteria.

Applications must address the selection criteria.

Applications close Wednesday 12th of January