Skills on show at Aboriginal rugby league competition

Media release | 22 September 2017

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro today announced the NSW Government will support the 47th annual NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout to help participating players convert their on-field talent to skills off-the-field.

Mr Barilaro said the competition, to be hosted by the Redfern All Blacks team at Leichhardt Oval over four days from 29 September to 2 October, will attract Aboriginal teams from all over NSW.

“Regional NSW is a hot-bed for sporting talent and for all rugby league fans I encourage them to get along to Leichhardt Oval over the long weekend to see some of the best footballers our state has to offer,” Mr Barilaro said.

“About 3,600 players will participate in 150 games over the four days drawing an expected 60,000 spectators.

“The NSW Government is supporting the event and will be there to share key messages about skills training, education, health and safe communities.

“Training Services NSW has provided $50,000 in sponsorship for the event, and its regional staff will have a stall promoting the many ‘doors of opportunity’ our Vocational Education and Training (VET) system offers for people seeking promising careers.

“The NSW Government is currently in the midst of a VET repositioning campaign, which aims to bust the myths around VET and promote the sector as a credible alternative to university.

“As part of that campaign we’re committed to boosting the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people studying VET and taking part in apprentices and traineeships,” he said.

Mr Barilaro said NSW offers a range of culturally-appropriate programs to support indigenous participation in VET and to create business and job opportunities.

“Training Services NSW leads by example with its own Aboriginal employment and training initiative which has seen 20 new Aboriginal staff recruited across its regional offices.

“Our Aboriginal staff members will be there for the knockout to engage with the Indigenous community and promote VET services. We are also sponsoring the winners’ trophies for the U17s - the future of our Aboriginal communities,” he said.

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Training Services NSW Aboriginal programs

  • Smart and Skilled and Deadly which provides eligible Aboriginal students with an entitlement to fee-free government subsidised training in priority skill areas.
  • Way Ahead for Aboriginal People Program provides mentoring services for Aboriginal apprentices and trainees needing more support in the workplace.
  • New Careers for Aboriginal People aims to increase the participation of Aboriginal people in the labour market by identifying, creating and supporting opportunities for sustainable education, training and employment.
  • Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer Program supports Aboriginal people to become self-employed and to encourage entrepreneurial culture within Aboriginal communities.
  • Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program funds organisations to support Aboriginal education employment and training by subsidising salary, development and support costs for Aboriginal employee; funding innovative community projects; and supporting work experience for Aboriginal students in their final year of a degree or post degree.
  • Further information on these programs.