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Overcoming indigenous disadvantage - key indicators



Overcoming indigenous disadvantage - key indicators


Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision


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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.


"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.




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

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

Place of publication

Canberra (A.C.T.)


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

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9781740375917 (Print); 9781740375900 (PDF)


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



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



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

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TABLE 5A.7.6 Table 5A.7.6 Unit NSW Vic Qld WA SA Tas ACT NT Aust Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over: participation in sporting, community and social activities, and involvement in Indigenous cultural events, by State and Territory, 2008 (a), (b) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g) Source : Sum of components may exceed total as people may have participated in more than one of the selected activities. .. Not applicable. Estimates with a relative standard error of 25 per cent to 50 per cent should be interpreted with caution. In both 2002 and 2008 some responses for people aged 15 to 17 years were provided by an adult proxy. Includes participating in sporting activities in the capacity of a 'coach, instructor or teacher', 'referee, umpire or official', 'committee member or administrator', 'took part in sporting activities', 'sports spectator' or 'other sporting activity'. Includes participating in 'recreational or cultural group activities', 'attended native title meeting', 'community or special interest group activities', 'church or religious activities' or 'attended funerals/sorry business, ceremonies or Indigenous festivals'. Includes participating in social activities such as 'went to a caf, restaurant or bar', 'visited a library, museum or art gallery', 'attended movies, theatre or concert', 'visited park, botanic gardens, zoo, theme park', 'watched Indigenous TV' or 'listened to Indigenous radio'. 'Has been involved in social activities' in last twelve months is slightly different between the 2002 and 2008 surveys. The 2002 question included the option 'fishing or hunting in a group', this wasn't asked about in 2008. In 2008 'watched Indigenous TV', and 'listened to Indigenous radio' was asked about, these were not asked about in 2002. 'Attendance at cultural events' includes attendance at 'Funeral/sorry business', 'Ceremony', 'NAIDOC week activities', 'Sports carnival', 'Art/craft/music or dance festival/carnival' or 'Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Organisation'. ABS (unpublished) National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2008. Total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over (including not stated responses) OVERCOMING INDIGENOUS DISADVANTAGE 2016 ATTACHMENT TABLES PAGE 5 of TABLE 5A.7.6

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