Our MoneyBusiness financial literacy partnership has now helped more than 25,000 Indigenous Australians in 215 communities. The program aims to help Indigenous Australians by developing their money management skills and a stronger savings culture.
One of the communities where it is delivered, via Noel Pearson’s Cape York Partnership, is Aurukun, FNQ. Graham Hodges, Deputy CEO, was among a number of senior business leaders who recently visited Aurukun and helped refurbish the school library – an initiative of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA).
Graham said it was valuable to talk with other business leaders from Rio Tinto, Harvey Norman, Fortescue Metals Group and Wesfarmers about what they’re doing to support Indigenous people.
“While obviously the mining companies like Rio Tinto can offer employment in the local area, we are doing great work through our Indigenous employment and financial literacy programs across the country. It’s one thing to offer someone a job, but it’s another to help them understand how to save those earnings and plan for the future. That’s something we do well through our Indigenous traineeship and direct employment programs – and through MoneyBusiness.”