This paper argues that inappropriate government policies cause of low remote Indigenous labour force participation and high unemployment.
This paper is a submission to the Remote Participation and Employment Services Engagement Panel (0), responding to the Discussion Paper released 16 August 2011.
The Discussion Paper’s focus on participation and employment in remote Indigenous communities is welcome because it distinguishes remote communities from the majority of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (more than 60% of the current estimated population of 545,000) who have high labour force participation and low unemployment. They work in major cities and regional towns. The low labour force participation and high unemployment characteristic of Indigenous populations in remote Australia are clearly not ethnic in origin. They have been imposed on Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders by decades of inappropriate government policies.
The Discussion Paper unfortunately does not deal with these inappropriate government policies that are the cause of low remote Indigenous labour force participation and high unemployment.