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Media Release

Community safety scholarships offered to Aboriginal students
Wednesday 12 February 2014 – 10:00 AM
A new scholarship program has been developed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) to support Aboriginal university students studying units related to emergency management.
The Commissioner’s Aboriginal Scholarship Program will offer two scholarships annually of up to $5,000 each to undergraduate and post graduate Aboriginal students in Western Australia.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the program demonstrates the commitment of DFES to work with Aboriginal people to ensure they are armed with the knowledge to prepare for, respond to and recover from a diverse range of emergencies.
“Aboriginal students will be given the opportunity to apply for the scholarships if they are studying a field that contributes to building more resilient communities,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“The program aims to provide students with the necessary tools to assist them with employment, volunteering and inclusion in decision making for the benefit of developing and maintaining safer communities.
“At DFES we value the importance of education and recognise the opportunity a tertiary qualification provides Aboriginal people when applying for a job.
“In the long term we want to see increased employment of Aboriginal people in the public sector and it is through programs like this that we hope to achieve that.”
The scholarships can be used to pay unit fees, for sundry expenses or course materials.
Applications are now being received and close at 5pm on Thursday 1 May 2014.
Application instructions and further information can be found in this Application Document.
Alternatively, contact the DFES Senior Equity and Diversity Consultant on 9395 9300 or email workforce.planning@dfes.wa.gov.au.
Media Contact: DFES Media and Public Affairs on 9225 5955


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