A Noongar elder has called for more support for Indigenous people looking for work and already employed in Harvey. Lesley Ugle, who is an Aboriginal outreach worker in the town, said young Indigenous people needed more mentors to guide them through any problems they faced at work. “The main thing is getting these mentors in place and making sure they are followed up and checked in on any time they have a problem,” she said. “(The problem) could be very small, but they don’t say anything about it and it becomes something huge.” Ms Ugle said Indigenous people found it hard at times because of cultural differences. “The language that is put across from workplaces isn’t the same as the Aboriginal or Noongar language.” “A lot of these people aren’t aware of the policies and systems and there is no one for them to go and talk to if they have problems.” The Australian Government announced the Indigenous Skills and Employment Program would replace other Indigenous employment programs from July 1, 2022. The Government said the ISEP would contribute to closing the gap in employment by supporting pathways for Indigenous Australians through flexible, locally-informed investment. Forrest MHR Nola Marino said she was looking for input from parties involved in the South West Indigenous employment sector, including jobseekers, employers, industry leaders, peak bodies, and service providers. “We want more skilled people in more meaningful and long-term work and want to hear the best ideas for how we achieve that together,” Mrs Marino said. Ms Ugle said systemic issues stopped Indigenous people from securing and maintaining work. “Those barriers have been systemic for many years,” she said. “It is not for a lack of trying, but a lot of kids have been knocked back because of the colour of their skin or their background. “We don’t have any Indigenous people working in the businesses in the town. We want to get these people skilled up so when they do go and apply for positions the employer does not have an excuse not to employ them.” Ms Ugle said these people did not have someone to go to who understood their specific needs.