19 September 2019

 

A new Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the Indigenous business sector

 

NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Wollongong (UOW) to build capacity across NSW'S Indigenous business sector.

NSW Aboriginal Land Council CEO James Christian and UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Health and Communities) Alison Jones signed the MOU this week.

NSWALC'S Yarpa NSW Indigenous Business and Employment Hub (Yarpa Hub) and UOW will work together to build research capacity across the Indigenous business sector, through the university's South Western Sydney Campus in Liverpool.

Mr Christian says the MOU solidifies NSWALC's commitment to improving higher education, employment and business outcomes for Aboriginal people.

"A strong partnership with a higher education provider like the University of Wollongong is key to growing the business and employment landscape for Aboriginal people," Mr Christian said.

"We are committed to changing the employment trajectory for Aboriginal job seekers so that they can fully participate in their communities and reach their potential as individual people."

"Improving the higher education participation and graduation rates plays an important role in that outcome."

"I am very pleased that the Yarpa Hub and UOW will work together in Western Sydney to strengthen our shared vision for a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector."

NSWALC, the Yarpa Hub and UOW are united by their strong presence in Sydney's west and their shared vision for the sector.

The MOU between the organisations sets parameters for engagement and collaboration moving forward.

Representatives from NSWALC and UOW will meet quarterly to discuss strategy and direction.