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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

4.114 OVERCOMING INDIGENOUS DISADVANTAGE 2016 After adjusting for differences in population age structures, the rate of imprisonment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults at 30 June 2015 was 13 times the rate for non-Indigenous adults (figure 4.13.2). Between 2000 and 2015, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult imprisonment rate increased by 77.4 per cent, while the non-Indigenous rate remained fairly constant until 2013 before increasing by 15.2 per cent in the two most recent two years (figure 4.13.2). Rates varied across states and territories, but recorded increased rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults between 2000 and 2015 (table 4A.13.5). Data by legal status are reported from 2007 and show that the proportion of unsentenced prisoners is increasing for both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners (from a low of 21.3 per cent in 2009 before steadily increasing to 27.3 per cent at 30 June 2015) and non-Indigenous prisoners (rates have varied but peaked at 27.7 per cent at 30 June 2015) (table 4A.13.6). Around three-quarters of prisoners on 30 June 2015 were sentenced prisoners (72.7 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners and 72.3 per cent of non-Indigenous prisoners) (table 4A.13.6). Of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sentenced prisoners, the largest proportion had been sentenced with acts intended to cause injury (29.5 per cent), whereas the largest proportion of non-Indigenous sentenced prisoners had been sentenced for illicit drug offences 16.3 per cent). The expected time to serve (median years) was shorter or similar for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners compared to non-Indigenous prisoners in all offence categories (table 4A.13.7). Around 45 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners were under the age of 30 years, and around half of these prisoners were under the age of 24 years (table 4A.13.8). The median age of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners in Australian prisons at 30 June 2015 was 31.3 years, 4.1 years lower than the median age for non-Indigenous prisoners (35.4 years) (table 4A.13.9). Juvenile detention One of the key principles underpinning Australias youth justice system is that young people should be placed in detention only as a last resort. It is also consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (AIHW 2013, 2014; Richards 2011). In 2014-15, a daily average of 436 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 1017 year olds were in detention (388 males and 48 females), compared with 313 non-Indigenous 1017 year olds (285 males and 28 females) (tables 4A.13.1011).


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