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Overcoming indigenous disadvantage - key indicators

Details:

Title

Overcoming indigenous disadvantage - key indicators

Creator

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT

Date

2003-11

Description

The OID report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have been actively involved in the development and production of the report. Section 1.1 describes the origins of the report, and section 1.2 describes its key objectives. Section 1.3 provides contextual information on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. Section 1.4 includes a brief historical narrative to help put the information in the report into context. Section 1.5 summarises some recent developments in government policy that have influenced the report and section 1.6 provides further information on the Steering Committee and the OID Working Group that advises it.

Notes

"These reports generally uses the term ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians’ to describe Australia’s first peoples and ‘non-Indigenous Australians’ to refer to Australians of other backgrounds, except where quoting other sources." Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this publication may contain images of deceased people.

Table of contents

Preliminaries -- Overview chapter -- Introduction -- The framework -- Key themes and interpretation -- COAG targets and headline indicators -- Governance, leadership and culture -- Early child development -- Education and training -- Healthy lives -- Economic participation -- Home environment -- Safe and supportive communities -- Outcomes for Torres Strait Islander people -- Measuring factors that improve outcomes -- Appendices.

Language

English

Subject

Aboriginal Australians -- Ecoomic conditions; Aboriginal Australians -- Social conditions; Public welfare administration -- Australia; Aboriginal Australians -- Services for; Closing the Gap of Indigenous Disadvantage (Australia)

Publisher name

Australia. Productivity Commission for the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision

Place of publication

Canberra (A.C.T.)

Format

5 volumes (various pagings) : charts, colour map ; 30 cm.

File type

application/pdf

ISBN

9781740375917 (Print); 9781740375900 (PDF)

ISSN

1448-9805 (Print); 2206-9704 (Online)

Use

Copyright

Copyright owner

Australia. Productivity Commission for the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/267090

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/445158

Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/445153; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/445154; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/445156; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/445151

Page content

5.44 OVERCOMING INDIGENOUS DISADVANTAGE 2016 5.5 Indigenous language revitalisation and maintenance8 Box 5.5.1 Key messages Language is an important cultural signifier for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and plays a significant role in the promotion of resilient communities. From 2005 to 2012, the number of spoken Indigenous languages decreased from 145 to 120, while the number of languages spoken by all generations decreased from 18 to 13 (Marmion, Obata and Troy 2014). In 2014-15, similar to 2008, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 3 years and over: 10.5 per cent were learning an Indigenous language, with the proportion highest for younger age groups (19.3 per cent for those aged 314 years) (figure 5.5.2) 16.0 per cent spoke an Indigenous language (table 5A.5.1), with this proportion highest in remote and very remote areas (50.2 per cent) (table 5A.5.3). From 2002 to 2014-15, there was a decrease in the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 15 years and over who could speak an Indigenous language, from 21.1 per cent to 18.3 per cent (figure 5.5.3). Box 5.5.2 Measures of Indigenous language revitalisation and maintenance There are two main measures for this indicator. Indigenous language revitalisation is defined as the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who are learning an Indigenous language (national; by geographic location [location as proxy for individual languages]). Indigenous language maintenance is defined as the number and proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who are Indigenous language speakers (national; age; geographic location [location as proxy for individual languages]). The main data source is the ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS), with the most recent available data for 2014-15. Supplementary data are available from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) National Indigenous Languages Survey (NILS), with the most recent available data collected in 2012. See box 5.5.3 for further information on these data sources. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, as with all languages, transmit cultural practices and beliefs, and strengthen a sense of identity and belonging (DEEWR 2009; McLeod, Verdon and Sturt 2015). In particular, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are closely linked to culture, land and law, and all are connected to wellbeing (Dockery 2011; HoRSCoATSIA 2012). Language also plays a meaningful role in the 8 The Steering Committee notes its appreciation to Mr Jason Glanville, Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, who reviewed a draft of this section of the report.


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