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Overcoming indigenous disadvantage - key indicators

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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

4.52 OVERCOMING INDIGENOUS DISADVANTAGE 2016 Box 4.7.2 (continued) The main data source for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population for all three measures above is ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS)/National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS), with the most recent available data from the 2014-15 NATSISS (all jurisdictions: full time/part time employment; remoteness; and national: age; sex). Data for the non-Indigenous Australian population are sourced from the ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS)/National Health Survey (NHS)/General Social Survey (GSS), with the most recent available data from the 2014 GSS.20 Supplementary data are also available from the Census of Population and Housing, with the most recent available data for 2011 (all jurisdictions: Indigenous status; remoteness) and from survey data for long term unemployment (national: sex by remoteness). The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has committed to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade (COAG 2009, 2012). Employment outcomes are directly related to peoples living standards and many aspects of their wellbeing. Being employed leads to improved income for families and communities, which in turn has a positive influence on health and the education of children. Employment also enhances self-esteem, increases opportunities for self-development, influences interaction at the family and community levels and reduces social alienation. The focus of this section is the extent to which people are participating in the labour force (both employed and unemployed). Employment by part time/full time status and skill level is discussed in more detail in section 9.1. The current policy focus on Indigenous businesses as a means to increasing the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is discussed in section 9.2. The labour force is the most widely used measure of the economically active population (or the formal supply of labour). It measures the number of people contributing to, or willing to contribute to, the supply of labour and as defined by the ABS comprises two mutually exclusive groups within the population: the employed (people who have worked for at least one hour in the reference week, including those in the past who have received wages for participating in Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) see box 4.7.3 for more information) the unemployed (people who are without work, but had actively looked for work in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week and were available to start work in the reference week). 20 NIRA reporting uses the ABS Survey of Education and Work (SEW) non-Indigenous population data. However, this report requires a longer time series for all disaggregations (such as remoteness), which is not available from the SEW. Data for 2014-15 from the SEW estimate 72.6 per cent employment to population rate for non-Indigenous Australians (SCRGSP forthcoming) compared to 74.8 per cent from the GSS (table 4A.7.5).


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