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Indigenous Australians in the contemporary labour market 2001

This monograph is published under the Australian Census Analytic Program series. It both extends the understanding of important socioeconomic trends since 1971 and demonstrates the somewhat under-utilised power of census data to illuminate the social and policy agenda for Indigenous Australians. Rather than merely replicating earlier analysis using more recent data, the monograph attempts to structure the economic analysis to enhance the interpretation of recent Indigenous involvement in the labour market in terms of supply and demand side factors. It documents the factors underlying Indigenous employment, after controlling for the effect of the [Community Development Employment Projects] CDEP scheme, and provides the first analysis of potential for discrimination against Indigenous employment in the labour market. The monograph also provides a unique analysis of Indigenous self-employment by the scale of the business, which is conducted separately for metropolitan, provincial and remote areas.

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Authors: Hunter, Boyd
Date: 2004
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Statistical resource
Series name: Topical issue (Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research)
Subjects: Indigenous people; Employment; Labour market;

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Evaluation of the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program

The Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program is an Australian Government funded initiative for unemployed Indigenous people in select locations of Australia. The initiative provides activities to develop participants’ skills and to improve their employability. The overall aim is to improve opportunities for Indigenous Australians to secure long term employment and to achieve economic independence. The Office of Evaluation and Audit undertook an evaluation of CDEP, administered by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). The objective was to assess the efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness of the CDEP program to Indigenous participants and communities in achieving the outcomes of real jobs and viable business enterprises. The evaluation focused on the period 2004-2008 and on remote and regional areas where the labour market was underdeveloped and considered the efficiency and effectiveness of CDEP in: preparing participants for mainstream employment; developing skills that enable participants to gain off-CDEP employment; creating incentives for participants to complete education and training; establishing and maintaining linkages to mainstream employment programs to promote job outcomes; and incubating businesses to become viable.

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Corporate authors: Australia. Department of Finance and Deregulation. Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous Programs)
Date: 2009
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Indigenous people; Employment; Evaluation;

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Servicing Indigenous job seekers in Job Services Australia

This report presents an evaluation of the performance of Job Services Australia (JSA) to date in servicing Indigenous job seekers. It examines the role of JSA in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous employment outcomes, the demographic and labour force characteristics of Indigenous compared with non-Indigenous Australians, and key areas of JSA operation and outcomes in relation to Indigenous Australians.

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Corporate authors: Australia. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Indigenous people; Employment; Labour market;

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The Forrest review: creating parity

The Australian Government believes there is a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous Australians, and the best way to do that is through real jobs. To address this Andrew Forrest was asked to lead a review of Indigenous training and employment programmes. The review's purpose was to provide recommendations to ensure Indigenous training and employment services are properly targeted and administered to connect unemployed Indigenous people with real and sustainable jobs, especially those that have been pledged to Indigenous people by Australian business. The review considered ways that training and employment services can better link to the commitment of employers to provide further sustainable employment opportunities for Indigenous people and finally end the cycle of entrenched Indigenous disadvantage.

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Authors: Forrest, Andrew
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Indigenous people; Evaluation; Policy;

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‘Can’t be what you can’t see’: the transition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into higher education: final report 2014

This report presents the findings of an investigation into the processes, the data, the key issues, the pathways, the enablers, the constraints and the opportunities regarding the transition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into higher education. Through an examination of qualitative and quantitative evidence, the report explores the nuances, dimensions and different perspectives of what constitutes successful transition to higher education from a range of Indigenous community contexts and diverse university settings.

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Authors: Kinnane, Stephen; Wilks, Judith; Wilson, Katie;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Higher education; Indigenous people; Participation;

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Review of Indigenous education in the Northern Territory: draft report

The Northern Territory government commissioned an independent review of Indigenous education in 2013 to get an informed understanding of the impact of current programs and initiatives. The scope of this review includes assessing the impact of Australian and Northern Territory government expenditure to improve education outcomes for Indigenous students in the Northern Territory, from both a remote and urban area perspective. It will also assess the effectiveness of programs and initiatives directed at school attendance, teaching and learning approaches, the Indigenous education workforce partnership and approaches for greater community involvement in education. Following research and consultation with key stakeholders and the general public, this draft report has been prepared to present the findings and recommendations for the future of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory. The final version of the report, due in March 2014, will include further appendices containing more detailed data about some aspects of Indigenous education in the Northern Territory.

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Authors: Wilson, Bruce
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Northern Territory; Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Indigenous people; Teaching and learning; Workforce development;

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Closing the Gap: Prime Minister's report 2014

The Closing the Gap framework and the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is a national approach initiated in 2008, to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The six targets relate to life expectancy, child mortality, education and employment. The framework involves considerable investment by governments across seven inter-linked areas, known as 'building blocks', which have been underpinned by a series of Indigenous-specific and mainstream National Partnership Agreements between the Australian, state and territory governments.

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Corporate authors: Australia. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Series name: Closing the Gap
Subjects: Indigenous people; Equity; Policy;

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Wur-cum barra: the Victorian public sector Indigenous employment strategy

This initiative of the Victorian Government aimed to improve the diversity and responsiveness of the Victorian public sector to Indigenous issues by increasing Indigenous employment across the whole of the public sector. It establishes a 'whole of government' strategic framework for co-ordinating and sustaining government efforts to achieve a greater representation of Indigenous people within all areas and levels of the public sector, which includes the Victorian Government's nine key departments and 12 public service agencies (the Victorian Public Service) and over 200 public authorities such as schools, TAFEs and hospitals. The core components of the Wur-cum barra framework which will guide activity across the Victorian Public Sector include: Indigenous employment plans; employment targets; performance indicators; government-wide strategies; and ministerial oversight and departmental leadership.

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Corporate authors: Victoria. Department of Natural Resources and Environment
Date: 2002
Geographic subjects: Victoria; Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Policy document
Subjects: Indigenous people; Employment; Policy;

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Not just a dream: Aboriginal student pathways to higher level qualifications in TAFE NSW

The NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training (BVET) commissioned this study into Aboriginal pathways to higher level qualifications in TAFE NSW. The study was guided by a reference group chaired by Kate Baxter, Institute Director, TAFE NSW Western Institute. The aim of the study was to identify a range of pathways taken by Aboriginal students, either into higher level qualifications at AQF Certificate III and above, or into employment. The study focused on 15-24 year old Aboriginal students who commenced their studies for the first time in 2005. The study also aimed to identify the critical factors that assist young Aboriginal students to progress successfully into higher level qualifications as well as the barriers preventing their progression. This project does not provide a complete picture of [vocational education and training] VET outcomes for Aboriginal students. Firstly, it is limited to student experience within TAFE NSW and does not include VET undertaken with other registered training organisations (RTOs). Secondly, it is limited to students who self-identified as Aboriginal on enrolment.

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Corporate authors: TAFE NSW
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Australia; New South Wales; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Indigenous people; Pathways; Participation;

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Review of higher education access and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People: final report [Behrendt review]

A review panel was established to examine how higher education outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contribute to nation building and the reduction of Indigenous disadvantage. Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage is part of the reform agenda set out in the Australian Government’s response to the Bradley Review of higher education. An opportunity was given to respond to a context paper released by the panel on 19 September 2011. Submissions were received in response. A number of research reports were also commissioned by the Australian Government. The report of the review highlights the role that higher education plays in improving health, education and economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The report found that the current participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in higher education is significantly below parity with the population as a whole. The report proposes for a future where it is unremarkable for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person to aspire to university. It also presents a vision where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander world views and perspectives are valued and contribute to Australia’s knowledge base. The report acknowledges that government can only effect change with the cooperation of universities, professional bodies and communities. It also: focuses on current approaches impacting participation and completion by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; focuses on the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in universities, particularly in academic and research roles; and recommends a lead role for the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council to lead the development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education and Research Strategy and to progress the findings of the review.

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Corporate authors: Australia. Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE)
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Series name: Review of higher education access and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Subjects: Indigenous people; Higher education; Equity;

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