Search for “deadly women” to be recognised for their skills and experience

June 19, 2023 /

First Nations women from across Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory, between the ages of 18 and 55, are being encouraged to apply to join the Deadly Women’s Development and Leadership Program.

With an aim to recognise these women for their learned skills and experience, and to provide pathways to sustainable employment, the “Deadly Women Program” will deliver training to First Nations women, resulting in participants achieving a Certificate 1 in Workplace Skills and Certificate 1 in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture).

Both of these courses provide entry-level qualifications delivered over a period of four (4) face-to- face workshops in either Cairns, Weipa, Burketown or Thursday Island. The remainder of the training will be completed on country, with self-paced learning provided by mentoring sessions with Program Leaders.

The successful students will celebrate their achievement with a Graduation Ceremony, an exhibition of their community projects and a networking forum.

This co-designed program is being run through a partnership between the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre and INLOC Group and is aimed to improve outcomes for Australian women in six key priority areas, including Job Creation, Economic Security, Workforce Participation, Women!s Leadership, Safety and International Engagement. The program is administered by The Office for Women, which sits under the Australian Government!s Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet, to fund and deliver a range of projects for Australian Women.

Applications close on June 30th, and interested candidates can apply for the traineeship by completing the online application form at

Quotes to be attributed to Sheriden Morris, Managing Director at the Reef & Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC): The RRRC is very honoured to be undertaking the Remote Female Employment & Leadership Project over a four year period, concluding in June 2024. This co- designed program will empower First Nations women in isolated communities by developing job readiness and fostering women’s leadership and talent within their local communities. It will equip them with the skills, recognised qualifications, work necessary documentation, knowledge and confidence to seek work opportunities, personal development and community leadership.

Quotes to be attributed to Paul Boag, CEO of the INLOC Group: We are recruiting up to 144 First Nations women from across North Queensland and the Northern Territory, aged between 18 and 55 years, to join this very rewarding program. The program will be delivered by respected Indigenous community members and will be supported by trained personnel who have the on- country experience and cultural knowledge to connect and build relationships with women from isolated areas.

Quotes to be attributed to Lydia Miller, Program Director at the Reef & Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC): It has been a pleasure to be involved in the development of this program, designed to recognise the learned skills and experience of First Nations women, who for a variety of reasons, including parenting responsibilities and cultural limitations, have been overlooked in the advancement of their careers.

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