The Kimberley Land Council (KLC) says a $500,000 Commonwealth grant will enable Aboriginal people to make the most of job opportunities associated with the Kimberley gas hub.
The money has been allocated to the KLC’s job readiness program from the Commonwealth’s Innovation Fund.
The program aims to overcome the hurdles facing Aboriginal people when applying for jobs, such as poor literacy and numeracy.
The KLC’s Wayne Barker says it is an ambitious task and one that governments have failed to do over many decades.
“It’s not about ticking boxes or anything, it’s about trying to get some real movement on Indigenous employment,” Mr Barker said
“We understand that there are hundreds of jobs out there and there are more coming with the development of the LNG gas industry in the Kimberley and other types of industries.
“So we want to be prepared to take up those opportunities and actually get some employment outcomes.”