28 May 2010

Defence Indigenous Development Program

Today Minster for Veterans' Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel Alan Griffin announced that the launch of the Defence Indigenous Development Program - Navy and the Defence Reconciliation Action Plan 2010 - 2014 during a ceremony today at HMAS Cairns.

The Defence Reconciliation Action Plan 2010-14 can be found here.

Mr Griffin said, “The Defence Indigenous Development Program - Navy is an important initiative that will prepare young Indigenous adults from Far North Queensland with literacy and numeracy training, life skills and the confidence to embark on a career in the Royal Australian Navy."

Senator Jan McLucas (QLD - ALP) said, “Thirty-four participants, aged between 17 and 25, have today completed a 10-week preparation course at the Djarrugun College Wilderness Centre in Gordonvale. The course was designed to help them achieve at least a ‘C’ grade pass in English, mathematics and science – mandatory requirements for entry into the Australian Defence Force."

“They will now start the next phase of the program – a five-month live-in course – which will include a navy ‘boot camp’ and induction training, a voyage in STS Young Endeavour from Townsville to Cairns, a sea ride onboard a naval warship from Sydney to Townsville, and attendance at the Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE to train in boat handling, first aid, Bronze Medallion (lifesaving) and teamwork,” she said.

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