Crown Lands

Department lines up for Koori Knockout

Media Release | 27 September 2022

The Aboriginal community will have a unique chance to hear directly about NSW Government employment and program opportunities with staff from the Department of Planning and Environment on hand at the ‘Koori Knockout’ from 30 September to 3 October.

Minister for Lands and Water and Minister for Hospitality and Racing Kevin Anderson said staff from seven sections of the department will be available at the four-day Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival, one of the largest Aboriginal events in Australia.

Attracting 40,000+ Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal spectators, the Koori Knockout is the largest Rugby League Knockout competition in the world, and the largest sporting event involving Aboriginal people in the country.

“Departmental staff will be easy to find in our pavilion for anyone who wants to hear about job opportunities or initiatives that support Aboriginal people, from housing and environmental conservation to land claims,” Mr Anderson said.

“This includes a new school-based traineeship program that will give 41 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the chance to complete a nationally recognised qualification while gaining practical workplace skills.”

The Department of Planning and Environment is a $150,000 Gold Sponsor of the Knockout with its Secretary Mick Cassel to present trophies to the women’s competition winner.

Koori Knockout rugby players
Canterbury Bulldogs player Josh Addo Carr is among NRL players lining up for the 2022 Koori Knockout. Credit NRL Imagery:  Brett-Costello

The department will have 35 staff participating over the long weekend at the Bomaderry Sporting Complex to provide information about career opportunities and government programs, processes and tenders that support Aboriginal people from:

  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Biodiversity Conservation Science
  • Crown Lands
  • Office of Local Government
  • Aboriginal Housing
  • Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW
  • Water infrastructure.

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said excitement is building about the Koori Knockout, which is expected to attract 40,000 spectators and players.

“It’s a fantastic family event that generates some great sporting moments, with past tournaments attracting stars like Latrell Mitchell, Josh Addo-Carr, Andrew Fifita, Greg Inglis and Cody Walker,” Ms Hancock said.

“This year’s tournament on the South Coast will be great for local businesses with tourism-related spending to support jobs in shops, cafes and accommodation providers.”

Koori Knockout group team photo
Koori Knockout reigning premiers the Black Cockatoos will host this year's event.