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Arts and culture industry joins innovative Aboriginal employment program

01 February

Arts and culture industry joins innovative Aboriginal employment program

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South Australia’s arts and culture industry has joined ten other Industry Clusters which are actively increasing employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Cluster Program is an employer led initiative chaired by an influential employer from each industry.

The arts and culture industry cluster is to be chaired by Ms Heather Croall, Director and CEO of Adelaide Fringe.

Founding member organisations include:

  • Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Adelaide Fringe
  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Arts Projects Australia
  • Arts South Australia
  • Adelaide Botanic Gardens
  • Carclew
  • Country Arts SA
  • Helpmann Academy
  • Jam Factory
  • Music SA
  • South Australian Film Corporation.

There are now 11 Industry Clusters: arts and culture; accounting and finance; advanced manufacturing; community services; energy water and resources; hospitality; infrastructure; legal services; local government; defence; and the South Australian public sector.

To date, the program has assisted more than 1,000 people into employment, and has delivered a range of capacity building activity to assist Aboriginal people into employment, such as the Cultural Respect Program for Managers of Aboriginal Employees through Tauondi Aboriginal College and Incompro Cultural Services, the Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Cluster Cadetship Project through Price Waterhouse Coopers Indigenous Consulting and the Governor’s Aboriginal Industry Cluster STEM Camp through the Smith Family.

Under the program, member organisations are leading the change and increasing their cultural competency, to ensure there is a pipeline of Aboriginal people studying qualifications sought by these employers, and that when they get there the culture is structurally appropriate to ensure Aboriginal people thrive and grow.

The program supports Aboriginal-owned businesses to grow their capacity and deliver goods and services to Cluster member organisations and building community connections by promoting the Clusters and their objectives to Aboriginal people.