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Journal article

The current issue of the Journal of Indigenous Policy, no16, follows an earlier issue (no 13) in collating and annotating material that is useful for understanding and addressing current issues of policy and service delivery. These journal issues are intended for use by communities, government members, policy makers, advocates, funding administrators and service deliverers to inform their procedures and their decision making. The current issue explores the evidence of what works and doesn't work in the current and proposed models of deciding on and delivering services to Indigenous people and communities.  Both are available on line so they can be easily accessed and used by communities and other interested parties.

The critique is not of the policies themselves but whether the way that decisions are made enhance or damage the likelihood of program success. The often poor results recorded over the past annual reports on Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage suggest that there are problems in how services are planned and delivered. The reports themselves suggest that this is a major factor, as outlined in this issue.

Since the Journal issue was produced, some of the funding decisions of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy are emerging with considerable criticism.  There is so far no evidence on how decisions have been made but the published lists so far do not suggest that these criteria were part of the processes. Given the statements that  the Abbott government would work with communities and on evidence, there is little sign that any of these criteria for funding that works , devised by their own advisers, have had any influence . 

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