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This staff research paper sets out an approach to measuring progress in Queensland's discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (referred to in this paper as the discrete communities). The paper is intended to promote discussion on how to measure and monitor outcomes in the discrete communities.

Key points:

  • Assessing progress in Queensland's discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities is important; however, there is a lack of publicly available information or an agreed framework for measuring and monitoring progress.
  • The paper does not attempt to define Indigenous wellbeing or determine priorities for communities. Rather, it aims to demonstrate how progress could be measured using the Australian Bureau of Statistic's framework for measuring Indigenous wellbeing (which breaks wellbeing into nine domains). This framework adopts a broad view of wellbeing by combining a suite of statistical indicators, including traditional economic indicators such as income and employment, into a single composite measure of wellbeing.
  • Estimates of progress are provided in this paper, however, they should be considered experimental. Our estimates of progress were constructed using publicly available information; they therefore omit some important indicators for which data were not publicly available—such as community level information relating to the health and family and kinship domains. Further, a simple weighting scheme has been applied to produce the composite measure and, as a result, weightings used in the construction of the estimates may not reflect community and stakeholder priorities.
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