I do hope none exist. It's not like there aren't already enough hand-outs to the indigenous population that the rest of us have to fund and for what reason? The same opportunities are open to all Australian citizens, so why should we target particular people for special treatment?
If a flying scholarship exists then make it available to all, irrespective of gender or skin colour and award it to the most deserving candidate.
Airservices Australia, Mobil, the Royal Victorian Aero Club et al have all provided flying scholarships in the past. Why not examine those possibilities, rather than singling out certain groups in society for special treatment, where the competition is not so fierce i.e. it's a foregone conclusion.
Although not very productive, presenting your narrow minded views, considering there are more white Australians on welfare then there are Indigenous one could hardly feel like it was an attempt at being cynical.
They have them in the US so I don't see why they shouldn't have them here. Perhaps you could enquire with the universities that to aviation degrees to see if that's included in any scholarship schemes they may have.
I remember reading something a little while ago that provided CPLs to Aboriginal Australians. They paid for the CPL, but the requirement was that you worked/lived in a remote Aboriginal community for 2 years. Can't remember where I saw it however.
Ha! If you are asking for yourself I am guessing you are one of those 1/16th Aboriginals and therefore believe you deserve some kind of assistance or special treatment when you have most likely lived the exact same life as any other Australian with the exact same opportunities.
If there are indigenous scholarships, and they require competitive selection, then go for it.
We might end up with better quality pilots than the usual lazy, bogan, Nouveau riche kids whose Daddies pay for lessons at the local sausage factory. The type who are pushed through to become career F/Os in the right hand seat of a bus, failing checks but telling everyone how good they are.
Blades, I don't know where to look, but if you find one go for it
Having been personally involved in the delivery of indigenous programs a few years ago it was an extremely worthwhile endeavour and although a small percentage may not have been from disadvantaged backgrounds the programs transformed the lives for the majority of the kids that went through the program.
The racism these kids faced was an eye opener in our modern inclusive society.
Despite some pretty tough backgrounds (through no fault of their own) these kids worked their guts out, not only to become fine aircrew but also to become role models for the next generation who still face a pretty bleak future.
75% of the kids we trained went on to good careers, unfortunately 25% did not, however the training nevertheless transformed their lives as well.
Sure they were subsidised. But that was an investment in breaking a poverty/alcohol/no hope cycle. For my taxes it was money well spent!
I am not aware of any current flying programs. But I think there are some still available for apprentices in WA, VIC, NT and QLD.
Your local Centrelink or Employment Network offices should be able to point you to the people who handle indigenous programs. Remember though these are still competitive, so just because you identify as aboriginal does not mean automatic acceptance.
Back in the early 80's I did my CPL theory with Ron Robertson, I remember there was an Aboriginal student, that Missionary Aviation Fellowship were training up to be the first Aboriginal CPL, not sure if they still do schollarships. Regards R W
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