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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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6.56 OVERCOMING INDIGENOUS DISADVANTAGE 2016 provide a more accurate assessment of the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children receiving fourth year developmental health checks. Babies and young children may also receive regular developmental health checks from maternal and child health nurses employed by State, Territory or local governments. Data for health checks provided by maternal and child health nurses are currently not available. References AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2012, A Picture of Australias children, 2012, Cat. no. PHE 167, Canberra. Armstrong, S., Buckley, S., Lonsdale, M., Milgate, G., Kneebone, L., Cook, L. and Skelton, F. 2012, Starting school: a strengthsbased approach towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, Indigenous Education. Australian Government 2016, Australian Early Development Census National Report 2015: A Snapshot of Early Child Development in Australia, Canberra. Biddle, N. 2013, Education Part 2: School Education, Indigenous Population Project: 2011 Census Papers, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU, Canberra. Dockett, S., Perry, B. and Kearney, E. 2010, School Readiness: What Does it Mean for Indigenous Children, Families, Schools and Communities?, AIHW and AIFS Closing the Gap Clearinghouse. , Mason, T., Simpson, T., Howard, P., Whitton, D., Gilbert, S., Pearce, S., Sanagavarapu, P., Skattebol, J. and Woodrow, C. 2008, Successful Transition Programs From Prior-to-school to School for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children, Final Report, Charles Sturt University. Fogarty, W. and Schwab, R.G. 2012, Indigenous Education: Experiential Learning and Learning Through Country, CAEPR Working Paper No. 80/2012, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research. G. Kalb and van Ours, J.. 2012, Reading to Young Children: a Head-start in Life, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. Kral, I. and Morphy, F. 2006, Language, in Hunter, B. (ed), Assessing the Evidence on Indigenous Socioeconomic Outcomes: A Focus on the 2002 NATSISS, ANU E Press, Canberra. LoBianco, J. and Slaughter, Y. 2009, Second Languages and Australian Schooling, Australian Education Review. Osbourne, K., Baum, F. and Brown, L. 2013, What Works? A Review of Actions Addressing the Social and Economic Determinants of Indigenous Health, December, Closing the Gap Clearinghouse issues Paper no. 7, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Canberra & Melbourne.

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