Cape York Employment is the Remote Jobs Communities Program (RJCP) provider for Aurukun and Coen. Our guiding light is the Cape York Agenda.

Congratulations Carol Marpoondin

Congratulations to Carol Marpoondin who started her position as a cleaner with Aurukun Shire Council at the Koolkan Childcare Centre in February this year. Since starting her role Carol has furthered her cleaning skills, learning about commercial cleaning and...

Out and About

Some of the Cape York Employment team out and about participating in an Airport Emergency Exercise attended by all Emergency Services in Coen. A fantastic day of learning!

Keeping Traditions Alive

Preparations are underway for the 2018 National Indigenous Dance Rites | 24 & 25 Nov in Sydney. Katarna and Benjamin both working on their grass skirts as they will be performing. The National Indigenous Dance Rites is a celebration of first nations dance. Witness the...

Accessing the World Wide Web

Supporting Our Community Participation Supervisor Donna Johnson working with her participants during the recent learning day. The ladies have been learning how to use the computer and the many benefits of accessing the world wide web!

A Visit from Essendon Superstar

The CYE adopt a class were very excited to meet Essendon superstar Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti last week!

Working Together

Cape York Employment (CYE) kindly accommodated Bama's project crew during the construction of the Coen Sports Field at their property in Coen. As a gesture of appreciation, we made minor improvements and renovations to the house, including installing a privacy screen...

Coen Sports Oval Opening

Yesterday was the official opening of the Coen Sports Oval! It was a fantastic morning joined by Minister Cameron Dick, Commissioner Katrina, as well football legends Scotty Prince and Steve Renouf. CYE participants cooked up lunch for everyone in attendance while our...

Life Skilling

A very big congratulations to Olive Platt, Cindy Thompson and Lutonya Creek who have recently completed their Certficate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways!

Having Their Say

Participation Supervisor Amos Hobson and the Better Gardens participants headed off to Wujal Wujal to attend the Men's Group Forum on Wednesday. The group will be there until Sunday and will spend time having their say on local developments and other issues concerning...

Adopt a Class

In Coen, our local organisations adopt a class and support students with their learning. We were lucky to work with the Prep students during Term 3. Our preppies are learning about the ecosystem! To assist with this, we invited the students to our office to plant some...

Sewing Superstars

The Supporting Our Community ladies have been busy sewing laundry and shopping bags. Since the commencement of our sewing sessions, the participants have become more confident and efficient with using the sewing machines and are now able to help and assist new...

Building a More Peaceful, Integrated Community in Aurukun

The ladies in the Aurukun Women's Art Activity recently produced 90 screen printed t-shirts for the Wik Kath Min Project. This is an ongoing project aiming to build a more peaceful, integrated community in Aurukun for all, and bringing together community actors and...

Aurukun River to Ramp Fun Run

This time last week our team were ready to tackle the Aurukun River to Ramp Fun Run. We were proud to sponsor the event and encourage the whole community to be healthy and get active! - Kiki, Stacee, ally, Eric, Howie, Leanne

Great Puzzles

The puzzles are coming along for the Wik Language Project the Womens' Activity are currently working on to support Aurukun's Prep students learning language. The puzzles are made of pine wood, and the end product will be a boy puzzle and a girl puzzle naming different...

In Time for Summer

The Better Gardens team have been busy creating picnic benches for the community. With team work and open communication they have already completed one, with a second underway! We are looking forward to putting these tables to good use.

Artistic Flair

Leslie Walmbeng shows off his latest artwork to his fellow participants at the Men’s shed. Our art activities provide a space to learn new skills and abilities that members can apply in their life. It's great to see their passion and culture show through in their...

Lifelong Learning

Sarah Wolmby enjoyed her recent enViZion Group Inc course. Over the two day workshop, participants up-skilled in technology, including sending emails and creating word documents. It’s great to see our ladies committed to continual learning.

Hard Work Pays Off For Mark

We wanted to say a huge congratulations to Mark Yunkaporta for his hard work. Mark was one of nine job seekers that completed a Foundational Skills course (FSK) through TAFE Queensland as part of CYE’s training for employment pathways which led him to gaining...

“Sometimes all you need is a bit of help”

After working with CYE to complete multiple courses Lutonya has secured casual employment as a cleaner! “Engaging with CYE gave me my confidence back. This helps me to socialise with others. It’s good to have a provider that supports and guides you when you fall off...

Building Strong Leaders

At CYE we strive to lead by example. Our team were recently awarded their Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership. Staff learnt about foundational leadership skills, the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders and are well on their way to becoming...

Yarning Power

The recent Wik Kath Min Craft 2 day workshop saw our Women’s Activity in yarning circles sharing stories. It was a day to share values, family dreams and hope for themselves and their community.

Road Ready

We recently had the Department of Transport visit Aurukun to undertake a licensing day, educating community members on the road rules to successfully obtain their...

Beautiful Space

Our women’s shed gets prettier every day with each new addition from the women’s activity.

Turning Up for Work

Perry Yunkaporta has been working at the hub since April with a 100% attendance rate. Outside of his work Perry continually involves himself with additional activities engaging with the community, sharing cultural knowledge and providing guidance. We are so proud to...

Awesome Men

Just a few of our awesome workers from Men’s Activity!!

Training our Leaders

Our Aurukun team undertaking a Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership with Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre- RTO...

New Art for our Aurukun Office

You might remember seeing the beginning of Harold Chevathun’s Barra last month.. Well not only has Harold finished his amazing piece – he has donated it to the Aurukun CYE office! Thank you Harold – we LOVE it!!

A Warm Welcome

Our General Manager Sonia with Abraham and Stacee. Thanks to Aurukun local Abraham for welcoming us to the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre- RTO 88105...

Passing Down Knowledge

Aunty Dorothy has been busy passing down knowledge to the younger generation to ensure it’s not lost. Recently she has been showing the women how to weave and make grass skirts from collecting the plants, roots and flowers to dying and splitting pandanus...

Always Ready to Help

The amazing Donna Johnson always here to help. Jimmy Taisman sits down with Donna to get assistance with preparation for his upcoming white card...

Ending Passivity

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.