7 years since the National Apology
- Published on Monday 16 February, 2015
- 2 min. to read
Seven years ago on 13 February, our then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered an apology by the Australian Government acknowledging that past laws, policies and practices have inflicted profound grief, loss and suffering on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The apology stated that it will take both ‘mutual respect’ and ‘mutual responsibility’ to close the gap and address the inequity in life outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
A priority for the Australian Government is improving school attendance rates. A good education creates employment opportunities, leading to economic independence and prosperity, and this is fundamental to ensuring that communities are safe. MEGT Australia is making a real difference through initiatives such as:
• the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander apprentices and trainees employed by, and the training projects facilitated by our Indigenous Apprenticeship and Traineeship Network
• our Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) at Epping in Melbourne which focuses on preparing and supporting Indigenous job seekers into guaranteed jobs
• our Reconciliation Action Plan which sets out the actions MEGT has committed take to build stronger relationships and enhanced respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians
• and the MEGT Indigenous employment strategy in our Diversity Employment Plan in which we commit to a range of actions including employing more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporate staff within MEGT.
MEGT supports equal employment opportunities for ALL Australians.