Industry group promotes ICT opportunities for Indigenous Australians

Indigenous Australians can benefit from the long-term job and business opportunities provided by the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, according to the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).

Rob Durie, executive director for the association said: "The association seeks to encourage ICT industry leaders and companies to share the its vision of improving education, employment and business development outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples."

To encourage industry participation, the association is sponsoring four programs, which can be adopted by individual companies, to promote jobs within the sector.

Two of the programs, the Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment and the National Indigenous Cadetship program are initiatives of the Federal Government -- the other two are AIIA initiatives.

"Our vendor training program is designed to increase access to ICT vendor training by indigenous Australians. Under our E-commerce Technologies program, AIIA will be encouraging members to provide e-commerce expertise to Aboriginal cultural and arts organisations."

Durie said the association will promote these programs to members throughout the 2001-2002 year.