A capital investment in Indigenous innovation - Media Release

A CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN INDIGENOUS INNOVATION

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $600,000 to support a new program aimed at championing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s innovation and business in Canberra.

The funding will help establish the University of Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entrepreneurs Program, which will see students working alongside entrepreneurs and community leaders to develop skills and start their own businesses.

This program will continue the University of Canberra’s strong record of championing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and aligns with the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020.

The program will be funded as part of Labor’s $174 million commitment to boost equity and participation in higher education. We know that 34 per cent of Indigenous Australians have post-school qualifications compared to 54 per cent of non-Indigenous Australians.

Improving Indigenous education levels and entrepreneurship rates is vital to making progress towards the Closing the Gap target of halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, which is presently not on track.

A Shorten Labor Government will also abolish the Liberals’ unfair cap on university places, giving an extra 200,000 Australians the chance to go to university over the next decade.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plans for universities or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.

ENDS

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra.


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