First Peoples

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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.
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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...
Report

Yoorrook with purpose: interim report

This interim report, the first from an Australian truth-telling Commission, details Aboriginal elders’ experiences of ongoing pain and harm to Victorian First Peoples at the individual, family, community and state level.
Discussion paper

Looking beyond Indigenous service delivery: the societal purpose of urban First Nations organisations

This paper analyses the quantitative findings of a three-year mixed-method research project developed in partnership with six urban First Nations organisations in New South Wales.
Report

Ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2021

This is the inaugural national report on the ear and hearing health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults. The report brings together information on the prevalence of ear and hearing problems among Indigenous Australians, along with insights on key protective and risk...
Report

Solid lines: fostering First Nations access, participation, and representation in the design and commercial art industries in Australia

This report highlights current considerations in enabling First Nations creatives to engage with commercial art and design industries in culturally safe and supported ways. Its purpose is to explore potential pathways to improve the participation and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives within...
Journal article

Establishing an enduring co-production platform in Aboriginal health

This article looks how the Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health (CRIAH), led by a partnership between the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC), Sax Institute and six Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in NSW, has successfully co-produced evidence to guide policy...
Journal article

Applying collective impact in Aboriginal health services and research: three case studies tell an important story

In this article, the authors argue that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is an important public policy priority that requires new and different approaches to service delivery and research.
Report

Decoding the gap: Australia’s ongoing struggle to address Indigenous health outcomes

Since its first incarnation in 2008, the Closing Gap framework has been focused on health. This paper triangulates the historical and scientific sub-strata behind Indigenous Australia’s health gaps in an effort to better decode the real reasons behind them.
Working paper

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...
Report

A decade of data: findings from the first 10 years of Footprints in Time

This report follows the developmental pathways of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children focussing on what helps Indigenous children ‘grow up strong’.
Working paper

Renewable energy development and the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth): the fairness of validating future Acts associated with renewable energy projects

The authors of this paper argue that the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth) should be amended to place less weight on economic and similar considerations when authorising the compulsory acquisition of native title for renewable energy development, or prohibit the compulsory acquisition of native title...
Journal article

Indigenous evaluation: how you do it is as important as what you find out

In 2020, KJ engaged Social Ventures Australia Consulting to evaluate their impact on Martu communities between 2010 and 2020 This article does not share the results of that evaluation, but rather reflects on and emphasises the importance of the process undertaken in an evaluation for...
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Woort Koorliny - Australian Indigenous Employment Index 2022: national report

The goal of the Indigenous Employment Index is to provide an evidence base for 'what works' in creating Indigenous employment parity in a sustainable and meaningful way. In creating the evidence base, the index seeks to quantify the numbers of Indigenous people employed by major...
Working paper

Relationships between the use of Indigenous languages and wellbeing indicators in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, 2014–15

Using data from the 2014–15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) and applying cross-sectional regressions, this study examines the link between the use of Indigenous languages and a range of wellbeing indicators for the New South Wales (NSW) and Australian Capital Territory...
Discussion paper

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.
Conference proceedings

Keynote papers: SOAC 2021 conference abstracts

SOAC 2021 and these conference keynote papers focused on urban and regional transitions in the COVID-recovery era to report and appraise the social, spatial, and economic consequences for equity, inclusion and justice.
Conference proceedings

Reckoning with settler colonial cities: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

This SOAC 2021 conference track includes research papers, provocations, panel discussions, or other forms of knowledge sharing and creation related to understanding the conditions, mechanisms, practices and experiences of settler-colonial urbanism.
Report

Measuring the gap in health expenditure: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Equity Economics, in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), undertook this analysis of the gap in health expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In order to calculate the gap, they accounted for the burden of disease, which is more...
Conference paper

Closing the gap: decolonisation, ANT and a bridge between practitioners and academics

In order to make the decolonisation of planning a fact, rather than an aspiration, this paper asks: How do we build a bridge between: (a) the researchers on decolonisation, and their network, in their role as “critics and conscience of society” and (b) the practitioners...