Cape York Employment is the Remote Jobs Communities Program (RJCP) provider for Aurukun and Coen. Our guiding light is the Cape York Agenda.
When the old people of Cape York gathered in the early 1990s, inspiring the Cape York Agenda, they declared passive welfare as a scourge ripping apart their communities.
They saw it tearing away at the hope of the young people. They could not stand by and watch their people retreat to the evils of addiction in response to the despair of passivity.
With that thinking, they knew that a job was the best way to provide hope and turn round the dysfunction spreading across their communities.
Our challenge is to move people from welfare dependence to an economically viable future.
We do this by identifying job opportunities, building work capabilities and social norms that support a strong work ethic, and engaging potential employers. As the region is underdeveloped, the number of job seekers in Aurukun and Coen far outstrips the number of jobs available locally.
Wherever possible, job seekers in Aurukun and Coen are assisted to plan to get one of the limited number of the local jobs available, get on a realistic training pathway to a local or regional job, or consider taking up work opportunities elsewhere.