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Memorandum of Understanding between the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and the Department of Industry and Resources
|Date: ||8 October 2003|
|Sub Category:||Memorandum of Understanding|
|Location:||Western Australia, Australia|
|Subject Matter:||Collaboration / Partnership | Economic Development | Employment and Training|
|Summary Information: |
|The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) and the Western Australian Department of Industry and Resources (DoIR) was signed on 8 October 2003. The MoU paves the way for the implementation of action plans and activities to increase employment and enterprise opportunities for Noongar people living in the south west of Western Australia.|
|Detailed Information: |
|The MoU outlines the specific undertakings of the parties to further develop a Noongar Aboriginal Economic Development Strategy.|
According to the DoIR, 30% of adult Noongars living in the south west of Western Australia were unemployed, with minimal education or training and few young people were completing secondary schooling.
The DoIR's Office of Aboriginal Economic Development worked with Noongar leaders for the year leading to the signing of the MoU to develop an economic development strategy. 'This strategy aims to improve the economic well-being of Noongar people and provide them with a sound financial basis for business development […]. This will allow them to create new employment opportunities through culturally acceptable and financially viable industry sectors that currently exist or could be developed.' (DoIR Director General Jim Limerick in 'MOU paves the way for new Aboriginal economic opportunities in South West', (DoIR media release 8 October 2003)).
A sub-committee of SWALSC has been established to develop and implement the various strategies.
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