Boorndawan William Aboriginal Healing Service & Oonah Belonging Place Given Workforce Boost

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting support for local Aboriginal organisations, creating jobs and
ensuring we can all recover strongly from the global pandemic together.

Boorndawan William Aboriginal Healing Service and the Oonah Belonging Place have received a boost from the
Andrews Labor Government to help it recover from the impacts of the pandemic and support Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander communities.

Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced $335,000 for the Boorndawan William Aboriginal
Healing Service and $233,000 for the Oonah Belonging Place today as part of the $40 million Aboriginal
Workforce Fund, which has begun rolling out this month to create jobs and boost services when they’re
needed the most.

The investment will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Lilydale and Healesville lead the way in self-determination by empowering Aboriginal organisations to drive their own recovery priorities with their
communities.

Boorndawan Wililam Aboriginal Healing Service and the Oonah Belonging Place are two of 44 organisations
across Victoria that have already received a total of $11.2 million in funding under the first round of the
Aboriginal Workforce Fund.

The Aboriginal Workforce Fund supports upskilling, training, worker health and wellbeing, organisational
capability building, and extra staff to assist service delivery.

The Victorian Aboriginal Social Recovery Advisory Group, consisting of key Aboriginal leaders and CEOs from
local and state-wide Aboriginal organisations, was convened to guide the fund design, priorities and approach.

The remainder of the fund to strengthen organisational and workforce capability will be allocated in 2021/22.

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP

“The Aboriginal Workforce Fund gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Lilydale and Healesville
the chance to lead their own priorities and rebuild after the pandemic.”

“We want to ensure the Yarra Ranges can create a stronger workforce, to better serve the local Aboriginal
community – and this has never been more important after the year we just had.”

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