Self-determination

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Self rule
NARROWER TERMS


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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

No more business as usual: the need for participatory Indigenous development policy and skilled practice

This paper explores what is needed to enable First People to genuinely participate and make meaningful decisions about their own development, own the outcomes and take responsibilities with governments and others, where appropriate, for their implementation.
Report

Close the gap - transforming power: voices for generational change

This report features nine case studies that demonstrate the essential role of Aboriginal and Torres Islander led decision-making and self-determination and need for reflection and accountability from governments and mainstream services.
Case study

The Maranguka Cross Sector Leadership Group

This case study of the Maranguka Cross Sector Leadership Group offers insights for government and non-government organisations wishing to align policy and resources towards supporting community-led agendas for change. The case study draws on the knowledge and practice of the Bourke Tribal Council through Maranguka...
Report

National Disability Insurance Scheme self managed plans: family advocacy survey

The Family Advocacy conducted a self-management survey in 2020 to highlight people’s priorities for support and workshops about how to self-manage support. They collected data from 90 respondents. The respondents were National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and people who support NDIS participants who are...
Report

Victorian Government Aboriginal affairs report 2020

This report is intended to keep government accountable for improving outcomes for and with Aboriginal Victorians, as well as ongoing work to progress Aboriginal self-determination.
Discussion paper

Codesign in the Indigenous policy domain: risks and opportunities

This paper argues that it is incumbent on governments around Australia to demonstrate that they are serious in pursuing co-design, and this will require a sustained focus on demonstrating to First Nations citizens, and indeed all Australians, that the processes adopted are legitimate.
Report

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2020

This report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It provides comprehensive data across a range of outcome areas, along with supporting material on the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the structural and systemic barriers that need to...
Report

Report of the South Australian Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement

This report outlines the activities of the South Australian Office for the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement, and highlights the ongoing exclusion and inequalities experienced by Aboriginal people in South Australia.
Report

Linking Indigenous communities with regional development: Australia overview

This report discusses key issues in demography, governance and policy, as they relate to Indigenous peoples in Australia. It focuses on the ‘governance of government’, including the difficult institutional environment that many Indigenous communities and organisations face.
Report

Perspectives on Papua: will Indonesia loosen its grip?

This paper examines the Indonesian government’s perspective of the West Papua independence movement and its interests in maintaining sovereign control over the territory, despite growing tensions and escalating violence.
Article

Why self-determination is vital for Indigenous communities to beat coronavirus

Compared to the past, Indigenous people have been more able to take measures to protect their communities from disease. To beat COVID-19, Indigenous self-determination is vital.
Report

We nurture our culture for our future, and our culture nurtures us

When Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are in control of the decisions that affect their lives, they have better health and wellbeing. This report calls on governments and policy makers to adopt the changes needed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and...
Guide

Creating change through partnerships

Genuine partnerships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and non Indigenous service providers are important to support an environment in which First Nations communities can work towards self-determination – the collective right of peoples to determine and control their own destiny.
Report

Indigenous data sovereignty: retooling Indigenous resurgence for development

This paper focuses on the historical contexts, including the triggers and the processes, behind the growing relevance of Indigenous data sovereignty as a critical tool to advance the Indigenous vision of self-determined development as part of the logic of broader self-determination.
Discussion paper

A path forward: developing the Western Australian government’s Aboriginal empowerment strategy - discussion paper

The Western Australian Government is developing a strategy to guide how it works with Aboriginal people towards better social, economic, health and cultural outcomes. This discussion paper has been developed in collaboration with the WA Aboriginal Advisory Council and a range of Aboriginal organisations.
Discussion paper

Understanding the landscape: the foundations and scope of a Victorian treaty

This discussion paper explores how Aboriginal Victorians might achieve recognition of their sovereignty, control over their own affairs, and enshrine their rights to self-determination and culture.
Report

“To be heard and for the words to have actions”

This report is the result of extensive contributions by over 120 Traditional Owners of the regions of far east Gippsland, north-east Victoria and mid north-west Victoria without formal recognition, as well as formally recognised Traditional Owner groups.
Report

In good hands: the people and communities behind Aboriginal-led solutions

This report shows Indigenous knowledge is being applied successfully in a wide range of services and business activities, with good results for Indigenous peoples and, when government funding is involved, a great return on investment.
Report

The Bougainville referendum and beyond

As Bougainville prepares for a referendum on independence, Australia must navigate a policy response that acknowledges the history of conflict and colonialism there, Bougainville nationalism, PNG sensitivities, the principles of the guiding Bougainville Peace Agreement and new geostrategic realities to help forge a lasting solution...