“To assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people take control of their own economic and social development, and to provide education and employment opportunities. In doing so, we will reduce Indigenous dependence on social welfare benefits and improve elements of social, cultural and spiritual life.”
Shout out: I’d like to invite everyone to share any photos / memories you have of Habitat over the years. Does anyone have any old pics from the CDEP days? The old days of Night Patrol when there were foot patrols all over the CBD? And of course anything recent too - jobs or training or community events.
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2 months ago ·
We are sad to announce that the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) has not re-awarded our VTEC contract, which expires at the end of this month.
It is not accurate to say that we have “chosen” to wind up, but the responsible and prudent thing to do is to go into liquidation.
The full truth of this situation is complex and messy. I can only speak for my 2 years as Managing Director and say that I am proud of our attempts to work with PM&C to improve our performance and accountability. I stand by my staff, all we have achieved, and the difference we have made to so many Aboriginal people’s lives.
We have made that difference for decades, through changes of Government policy, strategy, and programs. We had the solutions, but the Government chose not to work with us. It will be a tragedy but not a surprise if next month’s Closing The Gap report proves the current approach to Aboriginal employment is still not working.
We do not know who will have the new VTEC contract, in the meantime the best we can suggest is that anyone with program questions contact PM&C on 1800 079 098 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the staff, board, members, clients and friends of Habitat, to every community member who has known for the past 21 years that we are here to help – thank you all for being part of the journey. It’s a journey that deserves to be remembered by the many positives along the way, rather than how it’s ended.