Fire management focus for jobs program

January 21, 2022 BY

Victorian Minister for Employment, Jaala Pulford. Photo: JOEL CARRETT/ AAP IMAGE

FIFTY new jobs have been created in fire and land management across the state for people disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Government’s Forest Fire Management Jobs program is worth almost $740,000 and open to those currently underrepresented in the sector including Aboriginal people, women, culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians, and young people.

Sixteen Aboriginal employees have so far been recruited into the initiative as operations officers, and they are receiving training, mentoring and cultural support in their roles.

The initiative was officially announced by employment minister Jaala Pulford last week, who said it was aimed at creating job security in uncertain times.

“This program will help Victoria to better prepare for the fire season and deliver secure jobs to people who have been hit hardest by the pandemic,” she said.

“We are creating job opportunities for Victorians right across the state through programs that provide the right support to help people back into work.”

Aboriginal affairs minister Gabrielle Williams said there were a range of benefits for First Nations workers in the role, who could also draw on their valuable knowledge of Country.

“This is empowering Aboriginal Victorians to contribute in a role highly beneficial to their community while remaining connected to Country,” she said.

Environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio echoed Ms Williams’ comments and said the program built on fire management measures already in place.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for jobseekers across the state to join our fire and land management workers and help keep Victoria safe.”

The program is part of the $250 million Jobs Victoria Fund, which aims to create 10,000 jobs for people hit hardest by the pandemic.