Central Australian Aboriginal Congress states that Aboriginal organisations are already highly accountable for the funding they receive and the programs they deliver. The evaluation strategy should therefore focus on evaluating government programs and policies, in order to account for public expenditure to address Aboriginal disadvantage and to contribute to the development and implementation of evidence-informed policy.

Key points:

  • The evaluation strategy must take into account the right to self-determination, as established under international agreements to which Australia is a signatory, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
  • The whole-of-government evaluation strategy for policies and programs should provide guidance on the conduct of evaluations that support Aboriginal ways of being, and ensuring diverse Aboriginal voices are heard.
  • The evaluation strategy should include recommendations for a national body through which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can participate in policy making and review and evaluate the effect of government policies and programs, as recommended by the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
  • Health is all encompassing, including not just the physical well-being of the individual, but the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole community, and is founded on social justice and equity.
  • A number of major policy changes over the last twenty-five years have had important and (we believe) positive effects on the delivery of health services to Aboriginal communities and health outcomes for Aboriginal people. However, these are yet to have been properly evaluated such that the key lessons can be learned from them.
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