Torres Strait Islander people
Torres Strait Islanders
Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2022
The early sections of this report present information about the social and cultural context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, social determinants, the structure of the population, and measures of population health including births, deaths and hospitalisations. The remaining sections consist of selected health...
An overview of Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention in Australia
This report provides essential information and statistics on mental health, suicide and self-harm among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It outlines contemporary Australian policy responses and directions, and risks and protective factors for mental health and suicide prevention. It also explores evidence of best...
The state of diversity, equity and inclusion in Australian workplaces
The ethical and business cases for diversity, equity and inclusion are well known across Australian workplaces. This report argues that there is an ethical, legal, economic and labour market imperative to creating diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces in Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and crafts: study report
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.
Bail and parole app scoping project: final report
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...
Literature review on yarning circles in a criminal justice context
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.
Mapping the digital gap - background paper: project objectives, context and methods
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...
Queensland government response to the Treaty Advancement Committee report 2022
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.
Closing the Gap: annual data compilation report July 2022
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.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and crafts: draft report
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...
Northern Territory Treaty Commission: final report
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...
Identity and support for policies towards Indigenous people: evidence from Australia
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...
Indigenous electoral power in the 2022 federal election: a geographic snapshot of latent potential
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.
Lowitja Institute 2022 federal election priorities
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.
Supporting young Aboriginal people who self-harm: a guide for families and 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.
Interrogating relationships between student support initiatives and Indigenous student progression
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...
Overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2021
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.
Interim report on better corporate engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers: an issues paper
The Indigenous Affairs Committee has published this interim report for its inquiry into better corporate engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers. The report makes no formal policy recommendations to government, but highlights core issues that are intended to serve as a useful starting...
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health plan 2021–2031
This strategy document sets out the new national policy to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the next 10 years.
Sector strengthening plan: health
This Health Sector Strengthening Plan (Health-SSP) is offered as a resource to be used over the next three years to prioritise, partner and negotiate beneficial sector-strengthening strategies. The long-term objective of the Health-SSP is to build a strong community-controlled sector.
The new policy architecture for Closing the Gap: innovation and regression
This paper describes the core elements of the new policy architecture for Closing the Gap, set out in the National Partnership on Closing the Gap, finalised in mid-2020.
Strengthening spirit and culture
This report builds the evidence base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s healing programs. It promotes the benefits of men and boys reconnecting with cultural values and shows clearly that government investment in Aboriginal community-led men’s healing and behaviour change programs delivers better healing...