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Port Adelaide joins Adam Goodes's Indigenous Defence Consortium

March 24, 2017 5:00 PM

PORT ADELAIDE and Adam Goodes's Indigenous Defence Consortium will work together to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and operated businesses in tendering for defence and other related industry contracts and sub-contracts.

The memorandum will work to realise Port Adelaide and IDC’s shared ambition of developing a new generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and people with the skills and qualifications to benefit from the growth of defence and related industries.

Port Adelaide will pursue its share of the memorandum through its long-established community programs working with Aboriginal children in South Australian middle and senior schools, and its partnerships with the Australian Defence Forces.

Among commitments made in the memorandum, Port Adelaide will:

  • Assist in forming pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth towards careers in defence-related industries.
  • Develop pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to engage and supply in the defence sector.
  • Seek out business and sponsorship opportunities to benefit Port Adelaide and the IDC.
  • Provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to engage with industry leadership, educational institutions and state and federal governments.

The memorandum was signed at a function in Sydney today by Mr Goodes and Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas.

“Port Adelaide is proud to sign this memorandum of understanding with the Indigenous Defence Consortium," Mr Thomas said.

“We already have achieved great success in helping Aboriginal school students transition into further education and employment opportunities – 59 of our Aboriginal Power Cup participants were placed into work or tertiary study opportunities in the last 12 months.

“With our positive relationship with the defence industry through our Power to Be Positive and Empowering Youth programs, we believe we will be able to work on successful outcomes for Aboriginal youth to find career pathways in this area.”

Goodes, an AFL premiership player and Brownlow Medallist with the Sydney Swans, said the memorandum will give the IDC a connection with SA via Port Adelaide.

“The partnership between IDC and Port Adelaide is ensuring the talents of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys and girls are achieved on and off the sporting fields," Mr Goodes said. 

“We at IDC want to create career paths for our future indigenous leaders with a particular focus on STEM [science, technology, engineering, maths] subjects.

“I’ve been very impressed with Port Adelaide’s Aboriginal programs and I’m really looking forward to seeing this partnership grow.”

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