MTC Australia’s organisational strategy for engaging with Indigenous Australians supports the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan targets:
- Halve the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade (by 2018); and
- Halve the gap in employment outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and other Australians within a decade (by 2018).
MTC Australia’s Engagement Strategy
- Maximise MTC Australia knowledge and commitment to working with Aboriginal people:
- Increase number of staff skilled in working with Aboriginal people.
- Regular cultural training for all relevant staff in local customs and history through story telling.
- Funded professional development for MTC Australia staff in Aboriginal development.
- Attendance and contribution to interagency meetings.
- Consult, Partner and Customise:
- Continue to identify communities with Aboriginal populations in which MTC Australia works.
- Continue to meet with community elders and other key stakeholders to discuss issues affecting the community and MTC Australia programs that may assist.
- In consultation/partnership promote, modify or build MTC Australia programs to meet the needs of Aboriginal people.
- Promote services to Aboriginal people.
- Improve existing projects to foster increased Aboriginal program participation and employment.
- Drive MTC Australia’s Aboriginal Development Strategy.
- Utilise MTC Australia’s community development funding and other sources to drive Aboriginal youth initiatives.
Our CommitmentMTC Australia is continually working on new activities and opportunities to build our impact for Aboriginal people. Our major activities include:
Campbelltown Opportunity HubMTC Australia is the provider of the Campbelltown Opportunity Hub. Opportunity Hubs aim to provide Aboriginal young people with the confidence and knowledge to follow a supported pathway between secondary school and further education and/or employment. Our role is to coordinate and broker links with schools, employers, training providers, support services and Aboriginal communities, to deliver improved outcomes for 1,000 Aboriginal young people, including increased:
- Participation and retention at school.
- Aspiration and expectation of career pathways for Aboriginal students.
- Post-school enrolment in further education and training.
- Placement in sustainable jobs.
Aboriginal Employment TeamOur Aboriginal Employment Team is dedicated to fostering relationships in the community to obtain sustainable employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. The team is staffed with Aboriginal employees, several of whom are Cert IV Indigenous Mentoring qualified. The benefit for our Aboriginal clients is the ability to connect and relate to staff who are best able to meet their needs.
Our independent high school, Warakirri College, offers dedicated places reserved for Aboriginal students. The College has programs designed to provide individual support to our students, which leads to improved outcomes in retention and results.