- Australia. Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (SCRGSP) (9)
- Australia. Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) (7)
- Boughton, Bob (5)
- Durnan, Deborah (5)
- Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) (4)
- Hughes, Paul (4)
- Australia. Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) (3)
- Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) (3)
- Ainsworth, Geoff (2)
- Australia (2)
- Australia. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) (2)
- Australia. IESIP SRP National Coordination and Evaluation Team (2)
- Australia. Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) (2)
- Australian Committee for Training Curriculum (ACTRAC) (2)
- Cumming, Jim (2)
- Closing the Gap: Prime Minister's report 2015
The Closing the Gap framework is an Australian government initiative to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people by setting targets relating to life expectancy, child mortality, education and employment. This is the seventh Closing the Gap report since the initial six targets were set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008 and includes a new target: to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous school attendance within five years. The report shows that while there has been some improvement in education and health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, most Closing the Gap targets are not on track to be met. More specifically, the key findings in relation to education and employment indicate that: the target to halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for Indigenous students by 2018 is not on track with no overall improvement in Indigenous reading and numeracy since 2008; the target to halve the gap for Indigenous Australians aged 20-24 in Year 12 attainment rates (by 2020) is on track with the proportion of Indigenous 20-24 year olds who had achieved Year 12 or equivalent increasing from 45.4 per cent in 2008 to 58.5 per cent in 2012-13; and the target to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2018 is not on track with the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15-64 who are employed falling from 53.8 per cent to 47.5 per cent in 2012-13.
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- Indigenous intergenerational learning: unlocking the potential of ACE to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for Indigenous children
This paper contends that the adult and community education (ACE) sector has a strong role to play in increasing the literacy, numeracy and learning skills of Indigenous adults which, in turn, supports the literacy, numeracy and learning skills of Indigenous children. The findings in this paper are based on a literature review and a series of interviews conducted with key stakeholders. The first section of this paper highlights the importance of home literacy practices to attain functional literacy and provides the elements and features required to inform the development of an effective intergenerational learning model. The second section considers the potential role of ACE in engaging parents and extended family to improve the literacy and numeracy of the family as a whole. Finally, the third section provides a summary of selected literacy and numeracy learning programs across Australia with intergenerational components, as well as information on available evaluations and outcomes of the programs
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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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- ‘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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- 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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- 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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- 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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