Deadly Yakka program to boost Indigenous employment in South Perth

MatchWorks was delighted to launch its 51st Deadly Yakka employment program for Indigenous job seekers in South Perth this week.

The successful program is helping tackle the high unemployment rates for Indigenous Australians. This launch marked the first of several Deadly Yakka’s to be rolled out nationally throughout the year.

“Deadly Yakka has been tremendously successful in helping hundreds of participants secure new jobs and careers, and we’re proud to be making an important contribution to a better and more equitable future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,” MatchWorks National Indigenous Liaison, Glen Duncan said.    

“This program supports participants to overcome personal barriers they have faced when looking for work and also focuses on building stronger connections to Elders, culture and community.” 

Established in 2014, the first Deadly Yakka program was held in Preston, Victoria and is now delivered across five states and one territory in Australia. Trainers and mentors support participants to:

  • Set goals and develop life skills for work.
  • Build job search and interview skills.
  • Understand workplace expectations including personal presentation.

Partnerships with local employers who value diversity and creating culturally safe work environments for their staff are also a key part of the program.

More than 50 people attended the South Perth Deadly Yakka launch at the Cannington Exhibition Centre and Showgrounds. Special guests included:

  • Shaun Nannup who conducted a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.
  • Mayor of Gosnells, Terresa Lynes.

We look forward to sharing participant success stories over the coming weeks.

Contact us to find out more about our Deadly Yakka program.