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  • Wurrumiyanga RSAS services

    By Kaye Hall | May 27, 2020

    School bus The RSAS Team provides a bus service for all Tiwi students. Please let the RSAS Team know if a child in your care requires collection. Children catching the bus must be ready and waiting at the front of the house

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  • New RTO Manager, Peter Tubb

    By Kaye Hall | May 18, 2020

    Amidst the COVID-19 shutdown, TITEB welcomed our new RTO Manager, Peter Tubb who brings broad experience of working as a teacher, adult educator and RTO manager in Darwin, Brisbane and Adelaide. Peter’s vision is that all Tiwi people, stakeholders and other organisations

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  • Yellow Shirts

    By Kaye Hall | May 07, 2020

    Remote Schools Attendance Scheme (RSAS) staff are known as ‘Yellow Shirts’. Yellow Shirts work with parents, families, schools and other organisations to ensure that all Tiwi children go to school regularly. Yellow Shirts are local Tiwi parents and family members of school-aged

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  • Yellow Shirts Day

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    Yellow Shirts Day is a whole community event. Community members can show their support by wearing yellow and demonstrating the importance of school attendance. RSAS team members are known as 'Yellow Shirts' and they work in each community to help families and

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  • Every child, every day & every school

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    The law says that all children in Australia must go to school every day, Monday to Friday. This is because going to school every day and getting a good  education leads to a better future for the child and the whole community.

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  • Back to School Walk

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    Our RSAS team & the Cathy Freeman Foundation hosted the 2020 Back to School Walk and breakfast BBQ. Along with staff from MCPS and Xavier College, we provided breakfast for the children who joined in the walk and attended school on the

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  • Working with Tiwi College

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    In February 2020, TITEB and Tiwi College met for the first of many meetings to increase our support for strong education outcomes for young Tiwi. TITEB CEO Maria Harvey and senior managers flew out to Pickertaramoor to meet with the new Principal, Jill

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  • Share the Dignity

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    Together with Share the Dignity, Wurrumiyanga Women's Centre was able to provide personal products to women who need them most. The bags arrived in time for Christmas. In December, we received a shipment of lovely bags full of essential items that were

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  • Foundation Skills Course

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    TITEB offers a Foundation Skills Course for CDP participants in Wurrumiyanga who wish to improve their literacy and numeracy. The course runs four days a week with each topic taught over two consecutive days. Topics include: global warming and climate change, Tiwi

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  • Calvary Community Care

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    Elsie Kerinaiua and Felicity Portiminni joined Calvary Community Care Mulakunya Flexible Aged Care Nguiu in October 2019 as support workers. Elsie and Felicity's day-to-day responsibilities include assisting with meal preparation and serving, and assisting with outings and activities for the residents at the aged care

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  • Barge Shed Storemen

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    This February has marked the second year that Aaron Kantilla has joined the Tiwi Enterprise Team as a Barge Shed Storeman. Jerone-Nim Tipuamantumirri recently joined the team in November 2019. Some of their duties include loading and unloading freight on and off

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  • Trainees at the Port

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    In mid 2019, the National Indigenous Australians Agency announced an employment incentive program called "1000 jobs". The 1,000 jobs package is a wage subsidy that supports employment opportunities across remote Australia. Eligible employers receive financial support to hire suitably skilled CDP participants

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  • New faces at Wurrumiyanga

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    New staff have arrived at Wurrumiyanga bringing positive energy, experience and new directions to the team. TITEB is pleased to introduce three new team members in the areas of CDP Activities, Womens Centre and CDP Employment Services at Wurrumiyanga. Geoff Collins, CDP

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  • Rise Up 2 Lead

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    The Rise Up 2 Lead program is a transformational Aboriginal leadership program aimed at adding value to existing employment based programs currently run in the Wurrumiyanga Women's Centre. The program is aimed at Tiwi women to build knowledge, skills, values and confidence.

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  • Outstanding Evaluation

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    In September 2019, two of our Wurrumiyanga Supervisors, Sophia Tipuamantumirri and Evita Puruntatameri, received conference support grants to attend the Australian Evaluation Society in Sydney as Indigenous evaluators. They presented a session covering the evaluation process for the Rise Up 2 Lead

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  • CDP Employer Engagement

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    2019 was an exciting year for the Community Development Program on the Tiwi Islands. Over 100 of our job seekers gained employment and everyone had the opportunity to gain relevant skills and experience so that, as jobs become available, they could confidently

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  • Work in Community Services

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    Community Services is big, fast-growing industry suitable for anyone who likes working with people and wants to make a positive difference in people’s lives. With the right training you can work in schools, aged care centres, clinics and other community service jobs.

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  • School-based Traineeships

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    Since 2015, we have been working with Tiwi College and the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) to help Tiwi College students undertake school-based traineeships. The program allows the young men and women to develop work skills to help them in their

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  • Coxswain Training

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    In 2019, we hosted the highly anticipated Coxswain training on both islands, first on Melville Island in July-August then onto Bathurst Island in August-September. All relevant stakeholders were involved including Tiwi Islands Regional Council, the Land Council and Tiwi Enterprises. Coastal Tug

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  • 20th Anniversary Celebration

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    TITEB’s 20th Anniversary was held at Wurrumiyanga Community, Bathurst Island on 10th October 2019. We hosted VIPs from TITEB past and present including Norm Buchan, Liz Crosby, Bill Knights and Board Members, as well as Lawrence Costa, Marion Scrymgour and CEOs from

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  • Tiwi Men Making a Difference

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    Men at all sites have been busy cleaning and mowing yards, doing community cleanups, assisting community prepare for ceremonies and using their new skills gained from the large variety of training provided. Milikapiti has rebuilt its Hydroponics after a fire caused significant

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  • Success for Tiwi Women

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    The Women's Centre at Wurrumiyanga has been transformed and now has a well-equipped kitchen. The women have been learning to prepare healthy and delicious food on a budget whilst gaining skills and confidence to prepare for employment. Other highlights have included tie

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  • Recognition for Tiwi Apprentices

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    In 2019, the CDU Automotive Team were very supportive of our Tiwi apprentices, Caine Bower and Samson Puruntatameri who are doing mechanics apprenticeships. Both men gained Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for prior work experience. With his children all at school, Sampson

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  • 2019 Year in Review

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    2019 was a huge year for TITEB. We helped 130 participants get jobs, delivered training to over 200 people, improved school attendance and served around 7000 school meals. We also supported 18 Tiwi apprentices to become qualified, six in Sports and Recreation

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  • End of Year Hampers

    By Kaye Hall | April 08, 2020

    Tiwi families did well last year with ensuring that their children achieved 100% school attendance. Every student with 85% to 100% attendance went into the draw to win the Yellow Shirts hamper. The hampers were big hit with all the schools and

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  • Staff profile - Jackie McSkimming

    By Kaye Hall | March 20, 2019

    Jackie McSkimming (Scrymgour) is a proud Tiwi woman. Through her mother, Clare Scrymgour (Mollominni), Jackie inherited Tiwi identity and obligations as a member of the Maradui Skin Group. Her father Jack Scrymgour (Woods) was forcibly removed as a child from his home

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  • Social media training

    By Kaye Hall | June 01, 2018

    On Friday 1 June, Joline Bouwer met at Captovate with Karen Hawkes to discuss social media. In particular, they discussed how to get staff on board, researching other organisations and how to link with them. Social media is important to TITEB because

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  • It's not the mountain we conquer

    By Kaye Hall | April 11, 2018

    The Board and CEO would like to welcome our new dedicated HR Officer, Louis Malaibe to TITEB. Originally from PNG, Louis has lived in Canberra for the last 20 years, and has 9 years experience in HR at ANU. He arrived in

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  • School attendance advice for parents

    By Kaye Hall | February 05, 2018

    Trevor Wilson is a ‘Yellow Shirt’ (School Attendance Officer) for the Remote School Attendance Strategy at Milikapiti. He is also a father. Getting kids to school is a 24-hour job for Trevor. He is passionate about motivating kids to go to school

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  • Day in the life of a Yellow Shirt

    By Kaye Hall | February 05, 2018

    Trevor Wilson is a ‘Yellow Shirt’ (School Attendance Officer) for the Remote School Attendance Strategy at Milikapiti. Trevor starts his day ringing the school bell from one end of the community to the other. He encourages kids to come to school early

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  • Tiwis working hard for their community

    By Kaye Hall | February 05, 2018

    Chris Brogan, CDP Engagement Officer talks about the important work being done by CDP participants at Milikapiti. Women work in screen printing, creating printed textiles from original artworks by Tiwi ladies. Artwork is hand silkscreen printed onto fabric and made up into

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  • Milikapiti Farm positions vacant

    By Kaye Hall | February 05, 2018

    Would you like to work at Milikapiti Farm? Farm manager, Donald Wilson, says he currently employs four people, and a further 2-3 positions will be filled in the future. Working conditions at the farm take into account cultural and gender issues, and

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  • Donald’s dream come true

    By Kaye Hall | February 02, 2018

    Donald Wilson spent 12 months with TITEB’s ‘work for the dole’ program. He is now Milikapiti Farm Manager. For Donald who grew up in the Riverland of South Australia (citrus and grape growing country) working at Milikapiti Farm is a dream come

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  • Women’s work

    By Kaye Hall | February 02, 2018

    Angelina Moreen is a long-time TITEB staff member. She loves hanging out with the ladies doing screen printing, making pillow cases, cushions and clothes, and going out hunting and fishing. As a Tiwi-owned organisation, TITEB recognises the importance of women’s work and

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  • Tiwis job ready for Port Melville

    By Kaye Hall | February 02, 2018

    Port Melville, Port Manager, Lindsay Whiting is a Tiwi man. He is committed to working with the community to get Tiwis job ready for positions at Port Melville. The main activities at Port Melville are shipping of woodchips and bulk fuels. At

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  • TITEB helps with "gruelling" job application process

    By Kaye Hall | February 02, 2018

    Port Melville, Port Manager, Lindsay Whiting, is grateful to TITEB for their help to complete a “gruelling” employee application process when he needed a position filled within a week. The process can be challenging, especially when ID, passports and licences need to

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  • Great way to start the day

    By Kaye Hall | February 02, 2018

    According to Chris Brogan, CDP Engagement Officer, ‘work for the dole’ participants are happy and laughing early in the morning, enjoying a coffee together and planning their day. “Sometimes when we go to the social club later that evening they’re still talking

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  • Tankerman position available

    By Kaye Hall | February 01, 2018

    Located on Melville Island, Port Melville was built in 2013/14 as a common user port with the main activities being the shipping of woodchips and bulk fuels. Despite the recent slow down in the gas and oil industry, Port Manager, Lindsay Whiting

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  • Women's work

    By Kaye Hall | February 01, 2018

    Fiona Puruntatameri is an accomplished artist who draws from her Tiwi art and culture to produce magnificent screen printed fabric and garments. She also works at the Pirlangimpi Women’s Centre where she teaches the ladies how to do lino cuts and printing.

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  • Kali, lets go to work!

    By Kaye Hall | February 01, 2018

    CDP Supervisor, Noel Galarla says, “Kali (come) let’s go to work!” Job seekers are expected to do up to 25 hours per week of work, and no one wants to miss out on their Centrelink payments. So come to work every day.

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  • Want to work in construction?

    By Kaye Hall | February 01, 2018

    CDP community construction projects are helping Tiwi men get qualified for work in the construction industry, including gaining their Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry (White Card). As part of their training, job seekers learn to operate different machinery including

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  • CDP works for the community

    By Kaye Hall | February 01, 2018

    TITEB CDP Supervisor, Patrick Puruntatameri supervises around 90 men doing wonderful work for the community of Pirlangimpi. The CDP Program has two parts – helping people find work, and finding ways for participants to contribute to their communities while learning work skills.

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  • Learn skills that lead to employment

    By Kaye Hall | February 01, 2018

    TITEB wants to see Tiwi people working and participating in community life, helping to build a better future for themselves and their families. Patrick Puruntatameri, CDP Supervisors at Pirlangimpi believes that participating in CDP activities is an important step towards getting a

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  • Sistagirls get to work

    By Kaye Hall | February 01, 2018

    Mark Babui is one of three sistagirls working at the Pirlangimpi Women’s Centre, designing and making clothes for the community and visitors. Initially the sistagirls focused on making clothes for the 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras. It was the first time they were

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  • Love of cars leads to new career

    By Kaye Hall | February 01, 2018

    Spencer Martin has always loved working with cars and sees a great future as a motor mechanic. With the support of TITEB, Nguiu Garage and CDU, Spencer is now almost finished his apprenticeship in Late Motor Vehicle Technology. When you start an

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  • Award-winning apprentice

    By Kaye Hall | February 01, 2018

    Spencer Martin is an award-winning apprentice mechanic who lives with his partner at Wurrumiyanga. In 2018 he will complete his apprenticeship in Late Motor Vehicle Technology with Nguiu Garage, proudly supported by TITEB and CDU. Spencer is proud of his achievements. In

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  • Working with TITEB

    By Kaye Hall | October 19, 2017

    TITEB works closely with Tiwi College through our Group Training Organisation (GTO) and the Remote Schools Attendance Strategy (RSAS). Principle, Stuart Ward appreciates having a friendly voice on the end of the phone, and feels lucky to have the support of so

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  • School-based Apprenticeships

    By Kaye Hall | October 19, 2017

    With the support of TITEB Group Training Organisation, senior young men at Tiwi College complete two certificates as part of a school-based apprenticeship, in years 10, 11 and 12. The Certificate II in Sport and Recreation and Certificate II in Construction are run over two years,

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  • Working at Tiwi College

    By Kaye Hall | October 19, 2017

    Tiwi College is run by the Tiwi Education Board for Tiwi people and their goal is to be fully managed and staffed by Tiwi at some point in the future. Principal, Stuart Ward, says Tiwi College is always looking for Tiwi people

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  • Mechanics Apprenticeship at Nguiu Garage

    By Kaye Hall | October 19, 2017

    As a Group Training Organisation, TITEB has supported the apprenticeships of apprentice mechanics, Spencer Martin and Basil Ullungura at Nguiu Garage. Running a busy garage makes it difficult to find the time to coordinate travel and accommodation, so TITEB has taken care of

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  • Cape Fourcroy Camp

    By Kaye Hall | October 19, 2017

    In August 2017, participants doing the Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways at Wurrumiyanga organised two-day camp at Cape Fourcroy as part of their course. Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways (otherwise known as Foundation Skills)

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  • Missing School Is Hard Work

    By Kaye Hall | October 19, 2017

    It’s really hard getting kids to school with no support from the parents. They always give us the same answers - dirty clothes, hungry, sick, tired. These parents are not supporting their kids’ future or the future of the community. After the

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  • Foundation Skills Pathway to Work

    By Kaye Hall | October 19, 2017

    At the Wurrumiyanga Training Centre, Cecelia Holmes and Fred Tipiloura are working towards their Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways. This course is for people who need to develop general education, language and literacy skills to a level where they can get a

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  • Cathy Freeman ‘Today is a School Day’

    By Kaye Hall | October 19, 2017

    At Wurrumiyanga, on the first day of every term we do the Cathy Freeman ‘Today is a School Day’ walk to school, which is a walk through the community on the first day of school, collecting students along the way. The ‘Today is

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  • Come Back to School

    By Kaye Hall | October 19, 2017

    Our Yellow Shirts will do whatever they can to help kids get to school. A big incentive is our End of Term $500 Hamper Draw with one lucky winner per school, per term. Kids who come to school every day for a

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  • Women's Gardening Program

    By Kaye Hall | October 19, 2017

    At Wurrumiyanga Women’s Centre, there are lots of opportunities for women to get involved in activities they enjoy, such as arts, cooking, cleaning, as well as courses. In December, we will have six women graduating in Gardening at CDU. Our gardening program has been

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  • Red Cross Hosted Activities

    By Kaye Hall | September 18, 2017

    Employers are encouraged to host CDP Activities where job seekers can build capacity and skills for future employment, whilst also helping the community. In Wurrumiyanga, Red Cross have a host agreement with TITEB to run youth activities, with the help of CDP

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  • School Nutrition Program

    By Kaye Hall | September 18, 2017

    In 2017, TITEB took over management of the School Nutrition Program at Milikapiti School. It was originally managed by a Queensland accounting firm and so a lot of the day-to-day running of the program fell to the Principal, Katherine Leo, which was not

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  • Women’s Centre at Pirlangimpi

    By admin | September 04, 2017

    The TITEB Women’s Coordinator in Pirlangimpi, Deborah Rasmussen, is making sure women are being trained up in what they want to do, skills that are beneficial to them and the community. “It’s not at the point yet where it’s self-sufficient, but that’s

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  • Kids eat well at school

    By admin | September 04, 2017

    School meals have made a big difference to attendance at Milikapiti School. Children used to wait around in the morning for the shop to open and then get to school late, missing quite a lot of their literacy time. So, Milikapati School

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  • Working at Milikapiti School

    By admin | September 04, 2017

    Milikapiti School Principal, Katherine Leo, would like to see more local people working at the school, providing strong links with the community, students and their families. She is looking for positive role models, who are willing to work with the students and

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  • No Possum-hunting on School Nights

    By admin | September 04, 2017

    Katherine Leo, Principal at Milikapiti School has a message for parents: save possum-hunting for the weekends. One of the hardest things for kids is staying up late, which means they wake up late, come to school late and miss quite a lot

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  • Volunteering Leads to Work

    By admin | September 04, 2017

    The Red Cross hosts CDP activities, which means that CDP participants help out with Red Cross programs like the youth program and holiday program, as well as gardening. Alison Vigona is proof that CDP participation can lead to work. Alison has been

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  • Youth Workers at Red Cross

    By admin | September 04, 2017

    Alan Kerinaiua and Samson Mungatopi work for the Red Cross Youth Program, and they are halfway through their Certificate II in Community Services. The Youth Program provides after school activities for 50-60 kids on the oval from 2:30 to 4:30pm. Alan has

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  • Working at Tiwi Design

    By admin | September 04, 2017

    If people are are looking for meaningful work, Tiwi Design will find a place for them. Some people have worked at Tiwi Design for 10 years. They might initially be very shy and unable to take phone calls without feeling intimidated. Now

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  • Cultural Tourism Project at Tiwi Design

    By admin | September 04, 2017

    As Manager of Tiwi Design, Steve Anderson works closely with TITEB who have been supplying a fantastic pool of workers for more than 10 years. Many local people have done activities and training at Tiwi Design, and moved into jobs in administration,

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  • TITEB Gives You Choices

    By admin | September 04, 2017

    Michael Heenan really appreciates the support that TITEB has given him over the years. He really likes working in the sun and sweating it out a bit, so his first job was at the farm where he became a supervisor, and then

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  • Working at Manupi Arts

    By admin | September 04, 2017

    Manupi Arts and TITEB work closely together. Many local artists work at Manupi, and CDP participants have also been helping with preparations for building works about to commence. A team of capable guys have moved an amazing amount of artwork and supplies

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  • CDP Leads to Employment

    By admin | September 04, 2017

    Michelle Woody Minnapinni desperately wanted to work, so she started with TITEB. Her goal was to learn about technology and administration. Through TITEB she did computer training, cooking, and learnt about banking. She was doing artwork at Jilamara (where her partner, Nicholas

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  • Overcoming Barriers

    By admin | September 01, 2017

    TITEB has some real success stories on staff in Milikapiti. Michael Page runs the hydroponics and is working towards his dream. Our Men’s Activities Supervisor, Claver Warlamerapui, is 61 and still going strong. Kylie Puruntatameri was a CDP participant who trained up

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  • Claver is still going strong

    By admin | September 01, 2017

    When most men would have retired from manual labour, Claver Warlamerapui is still still firing on all cylinders and holding down a full time job. He’s 61 and fitter than people half his age, still working, still making money. Claver is our

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  • Developing Job-skills

    By admin | September 01, 2017

    Chris Brogan works for TITEB in Milikapiti delivering the message that CDP activities are not all bad. After they’ve signed a job plan, Chris encourages people to fulfil their obligations so they don’t get penalised. We all know it’s ‘work for the

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  • CDP Employment

    By admin | September 01, 2017

    On the Tiwi Islands, permanent jobs can be hard to find. Many working-age Tiwis have Centrelink agreements that include CDP participation agreements. CDP activities (otherwise known as working for the dole) help people maintain a work-like routine while they are looking for

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  • Pularumpi School

    By admin | August 17, 2017

    Pirlangimpi has a population of about 300 people and the local school, Pularumpi School, has children enrolled in school from pre-school to Year 8. Through all programs offered at the school, there is a strong recognition of the inclusion of Tiwi culture and the

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  • Milikapiti School

    By admin | August 17, 2017

    Milikapiti Community has a population of about 450. Milikapiti School has an enrolment of around 80 students from pre-school to Year 8. There are six teaching staff and a number of teaching assistants working together in classrooms. Preschool has three undercover learning

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  • Why go to school?

    By admin | August 17, 2017

    The law says that all children in Australia must go to school every day, Monday to Friday. This is because going to school every day and getting a good education leads to a better future for the child and the whole community.

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