The Victorian Government is boosting support for local Aboriginal organisations, creating jobs and ensuring we can all recover strongly from the global pandemic together.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett announced today over $1 million in funding for six local East Gippsland organisations as part of the $40 million Aboriginal Workforce Fund. This fund is rolling out this month to create jobs and boost services where they’re needed the most, help recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The successful recipients include:

• Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative $481,880 • Lake Tyers Health and Children’s Service (LTHCS) $117,273

• Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association (LEAHA) $117,273 • Moogji Aboriginal Council $117,273

• Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation $117,273 • Yoowinna Wurnalung Aboriginal Healing Service (YWAHS) $117,273

These six organisations are part of 44 across Victoria that have received a total of $11.2 million in funding under the first round of the Aboriginal Workforce Fund.

The Aboriginal Workforce Fund supports upskilling, training, worker health and wellbeing, organisational capability building, and extra staff to assist service delivery.

The Victorian Aboriginal Social Recovery Advisory Group, consisting of key Aboriginal leaders and CEOs from local and state-wide Aboriginal organisations, was convened to guide the fund design, priorities and approach.

The remainder of the fund to strengthen organisational and workforce capability will be allocated in 2021/22.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP

“The Aboriginal Workforce Fund gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in East Gippsland the chance to lead their own priorities and rebuild after the pandemic.”

“We want to ensure these organisations can create a stronger workforce, to better serve the local East Gippsland Aboriginal community – and this has never been more important after the year we just had.”