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UWS announces new Indigenous Advisory Board


Date: 05/08/2008

The University of Western Sydney has launched an Indigenous Employment and Engagement Advisory Board to help boost employment and engagement opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

The Board will provide valuable strategic advice and input into the University's employment and engagement initiatives.

Melissa Williams, UWS Indigenous Employment and Engagement Director, says the University has been fortunate to attract an impressive group of high profile Indigenous leaders to the Board.

"The Greater Western Sydney Region has the highest number of Indigenous peoples of any region in Australia outside the Northern Territory, with the 2006 Census recording 25,699 Indigenous Australians living in this region," Ms Williams says.

"However, the Census figures also show that Indigenous Australians are two-and-a-half times more likely to be unemployed than non-Indigenous people," she says.

"I am hopeful UWS, with the help of the new Board, will be able to develop practical solutions to overcome some of the key employment barriers facing Indigenous people, and identify ways of embedding cultural intelligence and awareness in the workplace."

The Indigenous Employment and Engagement Advisory Board is chaired by Rhonda Hawkins, UWS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Strategy and Services). Its external members include:

* Aunty Mavis Halvorson, Senior Darug Elder
* Mr Harry Allie, Indigenous Coordination Centre, NSW Community Engagement, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
* Ms Tracey Bradford, Manager, Aboriginal Trust Fund Repayment Scheme and Family Records Unit at NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs
* Dr Margo Weir, Education and Indigenous Workplace Relations Consultant
* Mal Tulloch, Councillor and former Mayor of Holroyd City Council
* Norman Laing, Barrister, Deputy CEO NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Director Shine for Kids and Australian Delegate for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous People
* Jack Pearson, Practice Leader Indigenous Engagement, Sinclair Knight Merz

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