Aboriginal people (Australia)
Curated from a broad selection of key Indigenous policy topics, the First Peoples & Public Policy Collection brings together diverse, policy-relevant practice resources and research information to support the development and implementation of better public policy.
This report examines the value, nature and structure of markets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and crafts, and makes recommendations to the Australian government to address deficiencies in these markets.
This project scoped whether application software for a mobile or similar device (an app) that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on bail or parole is regarded as appropriate, useful and beneficial within the ACT Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities involved with the...
This report examines the Indigenous and cultural diversity of Australian news and current affairs television media. Overall, the findings show that Australian news and current affairs programs fail to represent the society they serve.
The Northern Territory Government, in partnership with Lhere Artepe, the Alice Springs Town Council and the Chamber of Commerce are implementing a range of measures to support the community and improve social outcomes. This response focuses on three key areas to improve safety, support stronger...
Closing the water for people and communities gap: improving water services to First Nations remote communities
The Water Services Association of Australia initiated this review of remote water services to elevate the issues in the national conversation, and to recommend ways to close the gap in the delivery of safe drinking water, including water quality and water security.
This report sets out key findings from a project investigating the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of Indigenous LGBTIQ+ people in New South Wales.
The systemic barriers and challenges facing Aboriginal Victorians examined in this report represent an extension of long-term barriers and systemic discrimination that perpetuate cycles of disadvantage and disempowerment among Aboriginal people in Victoria. The report authors argue that greater connection between elements of the private...
This report presents a select literature review on yarning circles within the justice system, to provide insight into the unique cultural elements of yarning practices and inform how yarning circles can best operate in ACT justice system.
The 'Mapping the Digital Gap' project involves working with remote First Nations communities to measure and track changes in digital inclusion levels and media use within each community over three years, from 2022–2024. This working paper sets out the project’s approach, covering its main objectives...
The development and implementation of alcohol policy: anthropological insights on translation from the global (the World Health Organization) to the local (Indigenous Australia)
In this paper, the author explores the challenges of implementing policy advice when moving from the global (in the form of the World Health Organization) to the local (Australian Indigenous communities). The paper also examines change in societal policies, compares experiences across societies, and tracks...
The Queensland Government has accepted 18 of the Committee’s recommendations in full including those that will be co-designed. Four recommendations are accepted-in-principle as further policy development is required.
In 2021, WSAA commissioned Eric Vanweydeveld to review remote water services in Australia, and to recommend ways to close the gap in the delivery of safe drinking water, including water quality and water security. This report outlines the preliminary findings.
This second annual data compilation report provides a point-in-time snapshot of data for monitoring progress under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, signed in July 2020.
This draft report examines the value, nature and structure of markets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts, and makes preliminary recommendations to the Australian government to address deficiencies in these markets.
Strong strides together: meeting the educational goals for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students
Schools play a central role in the day-to-day educational experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. The commitment of teachers and school leaders to sustained positive change is a critical factor in ensuring Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students have access to high-quality learning...
Since its commencement in March 2019, the Northern Territory Treaty Commission has consulted with Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory and conducted research to inform the development of a framework for Treaty negotiations between First Nations Territorians and the Northern Territory (NT) Government. This report...
The outcome the authors investigate in this paper is the initiatives and policies targeting Indigenous populations in the context of Australia. They ask whether and how politicians’ and voters’ identities, defined based on a range of their observable characteristics, shape initiation and support of Indigenous-focused...
This audit report sheds new light on Victoria Police's handling of complaints by Aboriginal people and identifies concerning patterns in current processes. The report outlines IBAC's findings and makes recommendations to improve Victoria Police processes.
The authors of this paper suggest that Indigenous communities around Australia could wield significant electoral power if they mobilised the large cohort of non-participating eligible Indigenous vote.
In the lead-up to the 2022 federal election, the Lowitja Institute is calling on the incoming Australian government and federal Parliament to prioritise the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
This guide aims to help families and communities in Western Australia understand what they can to do to support a young Aboriginal person who is self-harming.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students are enrolling in university degrees at historically high rates. However, the majority of these students are not completing their qualifications. This research investigates the enrolment-completion gap and questioned what supports are available to Indigenous undergraduate students, and how...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander treaties, constitutional and legal recognition and representation in Australia: a chronology
The issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusion in law, governance and the Constitution have a long history that can be tracked back to the establishment of the first colonies. This paper aims to provide a brief history and chronology of the recognition, representation...
This publication aims to provide a comprehensive outline of the most recent indicators of the health and current health status of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.