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More than 200 employment opportunities have been created for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as one of the key outcomes of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Reconciliation Action Plan (GC2018 RAP).

Businesses involved in GC2018 have shared the commitment to employ and/or train Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people before, during and after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

During construction of the Parklands Project, home of the Games Village, 130 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were employed. A further 30 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people were trained throughout the project – with 18 securing further employment in the construction industry.

Indigenous employees will have a strong presence during GC2018 in a range of roles.

Twenty-five trainees, through the Council RAP Traineeships project, secured an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work at the Games on the Gold Coast and in the event cities of Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.

DMAC Personnel, a Gold Coast Labour Hire Company, has shortlisted more than 400 people to work at the Games in a range of positions from operations supervisors to staging marshals. DMAC, an Indigenous business, was supported by the GC2018RAP and has been instrumental in providing outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across the Games.

In addition to these employment opportunities, other businesses involved in the Games have committed to training opportunities, which will help lead to employment.

Hutchinson Builders has partnered with Verifact to train 30 Indigenous participants in traffic control and have guaranteed employment to all participants who successfully complete the program.

Another 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees are gaining on-the-job training and mentoring through RoadTek while working towards a Certificate II in Civil Construction.

The Mossman Gorge Centre and Voyages are providing tourism and hospitality training for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people through their Employment Pathway Program. The aim is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to work in the industry after the four-week program in Far North Queensland. All participants that successfully complete the program are given the opportunity to undertake a traineeship at Voyages Ayres Rock.

Benefits

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will transform the Gold Coast and Queensland by creating benefits for our communities before, during and after the 11 days of competition. These are the benefits that this initiative will bring to Queenslanders both within the Gold Coast and across our state:

  • GC2018 provides greater opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and promotes an increased awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.