Victoria Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell
Wayaperri To Improve Economic Outcomes For Aboriginal Victorians
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell today launched the Wayaperri indigenous leadership initiative.
The Wayaperri leadership initiative will establish a register of Aboriginal people interested in serving on a Government or Community Board or a mentor bank, and provide scholarships for Aboriginal Victorians to undertake a company director course.
Mrs. Powell was joined by Aboriginal Victorians, community leaders and business leaders at the Australian Institute of Company Directors in Melbourne today.
“The Coalition Government is committed to the development of Aboriginal business and community leaders to help close the economic gap between the Aboriginal community and the broader Victorian community.” Mrs. Powell said.
“The Wayaperri Indigenous leadership initiative will also establish the Aboriginal Participation on Boards Register. This database will make it easier for the government, private and not-for-profit sectors to recruit qualified Aboriginal people to boards.”
“The elements of Wayaperri will combine to provide Aboriginal people with the skills and opportunities they need to enhance their contributions to the Victorian economy and the future of the Aboriginal community.” Mrs. Powell said.
“Through Wayaperri, Aboriginal people and the Victorian Government will work in partnership with organisations such as the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Indigenous Leadership Network of Victoria.”
Mrs. Powell said a report by the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Development Group recommended the development of leaders, mentoring and advanced training programs to increase the number of Aboriginal people participating in boards.