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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

ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION 9.7 working in the public sector. The proportion of employed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians working in the private sector in 2011 was lower in remote and very remote areas than in other areas (table 9A.1.5). Under the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Economic Participation [which expired on 30 June 2013] (COAG 2008), COAG agreed to a national target of at least 2.7 per cent of public sector employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by 2015, to reflect the expected national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander working age population share. In 2015, the target was amended to 3 per cent by 2018 in the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy (APSC 2015a). The 2014-15 State of the Service Report showed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in the Australian (Commonwealth) public sector as at 30 June 2015 was 2.6 per cent up from 2.5 per cent in 2014 and 2.3 per cent in 2013 (APSC 2013, 2015)Whilst this proportion has increased in 2014 and 2015, Biddle and Lahn (2016) reported that during this period the rate of separation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians was higher than for non-Indigenous Australians, with reasons for leaving2 including dissatisfaction with career prospects and opportunities, ability to influence decisions, racism and lack of cultural awareness in organisations. Professional and managerial occupations require a skill set corresponding to a bachelor degree or higher qualification (Taylor et al. 2012). Information on participation and attainment of tertiary education can be found in section 4.8 of this report. Data from the 2011 Census show that of employed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 1564 years whose occupation was known, 20.1 per cent were in professional or managerial occupations (table 9A.1.14), an increase from 16.2 per cent in 2001 (table 9A.1.16). The proportion for non-Indigenous Australians in 2011-12 was 34.8 per cent (table 9A.1.14), an increase from 32.6 per cent in 2001 (table 9A.1.16). Employment by industry In 2014-15, the largest proportion of employed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 1864 years were in the health care and social assistance (15.3 per cent) and construction (10.6 per cent) industry sectors (similar proportions to 2008), whilst the proportion for public administration and safety has decreased over this period from 12.7 per cent to 9.7 per cent (tables 9A1.17 and 9A1.21). For non-Indigenous employed people, the largest proportions were employed in the healthcare and social assistance (12.5 per cent) and retail trade (10.2 per cent) industry sectors (tables 9A1.18 and 9A1.22). Census data for 2011 show similar patterns (tables 9A.1.23 and 9A.1.25) to the survey data. 2 Reasons for leaving were based on Biddle and Lahn (2016) analysis of responses to a series of semi structured interviews with 34 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people previously or currently employed with the APS.


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