Hundreds of TAFE NSW staff from across western NSW gathered today to celebrate National Reconciliation Week.
TAFE NSW Director of Aboriginal Education and Equity Provision, Rod Towney, said TAFE staff united simultaneously at more than 20 locations for a barbecue lunch to acknowledge this important occasion and to celebrate TAFE’s commitment to improving educational and employment opportunities for Aboriginal peoples.
“National Reconciliation Week (May 27-June 3) this year commemorates two significant milestones – the 50th anniversary of the successful 1967 Aboriginal citizenship referendum, and the 25th anniversary of the High Court Mabo decision,” Mr Towney said.
“As an organisation, TAFE NSW continues to take giant strides both internally and externally in terms of reconciliation.
“Today was an opportunity to get Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff together to acknowledge the significant work that has already been done, but more importantly to focus on what needs to improve for reconciliation moving forward.”
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Kate Baxter said she was extremely proud the organisation continues to support the needs of its Aboriginal students, staff and local communities.
“TAFE in western NSW has the highest ratio of Aboriginal students in the state, so it’s absolutely vital we continue to work closely with local Aboriginal communities to come up with the most successful ways to deliver training that’s suited to Aboriginal learners,” she said.
“Our focus of providing Aboriginal students with the absolute best learning opportunities is matched by our commitment to Aboriginal staff, who continue to have access to exciting employment opportunities and development programs.”