Indigenous Employment Program

Beyond Billabong’s Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) is a four-week residential life-skills and pre-vocational training course focused on empowering young job-seekers to make positive life changes as they prepare for the workplace. 

Our program is designed to motivate and encourage participants by developing their self-esteem and confidence through hands-on, practical training. We partner with some of Australia’s leading companies to identify job opportunities within their organisations and recruit suitable Indigenous candidates from our program.

Our IEP training is delivered in a safe, fun and supportive environment and is based at the Australian Agricultural College in Longreach, Queensland.  On completion of the program, participants who have satisfied the required competency standards will receive accreditation towards a Certificate II in Rural Operations in the following competencies:

  • AHCMOM205A Operate vehicles
  • AHCMOM201A Operate two wheel motorbikes 

Participants receive personal mentoring and instruction throughout the program and undertake the following components:

Horsemanship & Livestock Handling
This component provides participants with technical skills sought by the rural industry and fosters life-skills such as understanding, tolerance, and patience, which are essential to effective horsemanship as well as everyday relationships.

Visual Indigenous Art & Leatherwork
The arts component of the program is essential to individual personal development as it allows participants to express themselves, achieve tangible outcomes and experience an important part of their culture and heritage.  The artwork can either be taken home or donated to the Beyond Billabong Foundation which has been set up to provide scholarship funding for Indigenous youth.

This introductory course focuses on the basic functions of Word, Powerpoint, the internet and email and is paced according to participants' skill level. Participants also undertake budgeting and problem-solving exercises. 

Vehicle Operations
In this component of the program participants learn to operate motorbikes and 4WDs in a range of terrains and conditions. This training helps to build participants’ confidence as they tackle new obstacles while gaining valuable skills for the workplace.

Social and Community Awareness
Throughout the program activities such as orienteering, cooking and community volunteering along with information session on health and nutrition and sexual health help to build participants’ awareness of their contribution to and interactions within society.

 How to join our Indigenous Employment Program:

Participants must be over 16 years of age and actively registered with a Job Services Agency. 

At registration, participants will need to provide the following information:

  • Job Seeker ID
  • Job Network Provider
  • Medicare Number and Expiry Date

The following information, while not essential, is extremely helpful:

  • Photo ID / Birth Certificate – for setting up accounts and licensing
  • Bank details / Superannuation Account Details 
  • Court appearances / Probation requirements (this information allows us to provide assistance to participants and accommodate their needs)
Beyond Billabong aims to provide a safe environment for all participants.  To support this, while on course, participants are asked to respect that it is a drug, alcohol and violence free program.