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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.
Policy report

Policy futures: a reform agenda

It is intended that this publication will serve to increase the accessibility of valuable evidence and experiences to policy-makers within Australia. The University of Queensland and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust also hope that it will encourage more partnership approaches toward developing public policy that...
Report

Commonwealth Closing the Gap annual report 2022

The Minister for Indigenous Australians has delivered the Commonwealth Closing the Gap Annual Report 2022. This is the first annual report since the commencement of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap in 2020, and the release of the Commonwealth Closing the Gap Implementation Plan...
Report

Pre-sentence reports for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: an analysis of language and sentiment

Pre-sentence reports (PSRs) provide information to courts on an individual’s background, circumstances, risks, needs and plans. This study describes the language and sentiment in these reports. The authors studied PSRs written for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people sentenced by the mainstream County Court of...
Report

Wiyi yani u thangani (Women's voices): First Nations Women’s Safety Policy Forum outcomes report - November 2022

This report primarily deals with context setting and the steps required for how to move forward in designing effective plans and policies to end violence. At the heart of this report is the recognition of the importance of First Nations women’s lives, diverse strengths and...
Report

The Family Matters report 2022

This year’s 'Family Matters' report is the third to be published following the development of the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap, which was entered into in July 2020. The report suggests that only limited progress has been made to redress over-representation and the...
Report

2022 Australian Reconciliation Barometer

The Australian Reconciliation Barometer (ARB) is a national research survey – conducted every two years – that looks at the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, and how perceptions affect progress towards reconciliation. The 2022 ARB surveyed a national sample...
Report

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.
Report

What’s the catch? The criminalisation of Aboriginal fishing in New South Wales

This paper discusses the administration of First Nations' cultural fishing rights in New South Wales and argues that the government's failure to uphold and protect the rights of Aboriginal fishers in NSW, as they do other non-Aboriginal people’s rights such as commercial and recreational fishers...
Report

Redefining reinvestment

This report is report based on research with Aboriginal communities in Bourke, Moree and Mt Druitt. It conveys their experiences of the criminal justice system and captures their perspectives on ‘reinvestment’ in New South Wales. The report also invites government to commence a process of...
Report

Dalarinji - 'Your story': community roadmaps

This report sets out key findings from a project investigating the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of Indigenous LGBTIQ+ people in New South Wales.
Report

Aboriginal private rental access in Victoria: "Excluded from the start"

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...
Literature review

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.
Report

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...
Report

COVID-19 mortality in Aotearoa New Zealand: inequities in risk

With the rise in COVID-19-attributed deaths, it is increasingly important to examine inequities in the direct health effects of COVID-19 across the New Zealand population. The Public Health Agency has undertaken exploratory analysis of COVID-19-attributed mortality to identify and quantify inequities in the burden of...
Policy report

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...
Discussion paper

Indigenous nation building and the political determinants of health and wellbeing: discussion paper

This discussion paper sets a framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to take control of their health and wellbeing through nation building.
Report

The Territory Gap: comparing Australia’s remote Indigenous communities

The major finding of this research is that the Northern Territory has the worst economic outcomes for Indigenous people in remote or very remote locations of any state or territory in Australia by some margin.
Report

Unfinished Parliamentary business: an overview of potential Indigenous Australians portfolio measures

This paper considers what might appear in the Albanese Government’s legislative and ministerial Indigenous Australians agenda, by listing what is already ‘on the table’.
Report

Voice, Treaty, Truth? The role of truth-telling in Australian, state and territory governments’ reconciliation processes: a chronology from 2015

This publication considers the role of truth-telling in Australia, looking at how it has manifested across different levels of government, both within and outside of formal reconciliation processes, since the Uluru Statement from the Heart.