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Related publications

This section provides details of publications related to housing and community policies and strategies relevant to Indigenous environmental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners.

2014

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2014)

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory: six-monthly progress report 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013.

Canberra: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Indigenous Business Australia (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander home ownership: Submission to Affordable Housing Inquiry.

Canberra: Indigenous Business Australia

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Report on government services 2014: housing and homelessness: volume G.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Report on government services 2014: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

The Indigenous compendium is a compilation of data for Indigenous people. The 2014 report highlights key information about the provision of mainstream services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report contains information on the following:

  • public hospital procedures reported by Indigenous status
  • Australian government public and community health expenditure on Indigenous primary healthcare services
  • school education
  • child protection services
  • vocational educations and training
  • police services
  • corrective services
  • mental health management
  • aged care services
  • disability services
  • youth justice services
  • housing
  • homelessness services.

This 12th edition of the compendium reflects several improvements in reporting by Indigenous status, including Indigenous students' science literacy outcomes and separations from selected hospital procedures for Indigenous people.

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2013

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

National social housing survey: detailed results 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bushlight (2013)

Demand management community education program.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

Bushlight (2013)

Safe and smart power program: demand management community education program.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

This report from Bushlight, Centre for Appropriate Technology on the Demand management community education program is designed for the communities that participated in the program and local community and land councils.

The Demand management community education program aimed to:

  • research how electrical power is used by Indigenous households in remote communities in South Australia
  • deliver community education about power safety and power-saving to these communities.

This report is a shorter version of the report delivered to the government, and includes information on the posters and booklets Bushlight used and their findings from the program. It is hoped that the report will act as an aid for people in communities to make decisions about how they use power, and will assist the government in making decisions about how they supply power into the future.

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Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2013)

Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2013.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

This is the fifth annual report outlining progress made towards meeting the targets set for Closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage in the seven key building blocks:

  • early childhood
  • schooling
  • health
  • healthy homes
  • safe communities
  • economic participation
  • governance and leadership.

The report includes new data from the 2011 Census and provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of progress against the targets.

The report highlights 2013 as the year the first target - ensuring all Indigenous four-year olds living in remote communities have access to early childhood education within five years - falls due and claims this target will be met.

The Australian Government's agenda for Closing the gap is driven by the need to:

  • overcome decades of under-investment in services and infrastructure
  • encourage and support personal responsibility for healthy functional families and communities
  • build new understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The report states that continued and sustained effort is needed to close the gap, but that the expected achievement of the early childhood education target in 2013 will support a commitment to ensuring that benefits flow through to the other Closing the gap targets to further address Indigenous disadvantage.

As with previous reports, it is acknowledged that the approach to Closing the Gap is a partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, the private sector and non-government organisations.

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Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2013)

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory: six-monthly progress report 1 July 2012 to 30 December 2012.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Pholeros P, Lea T, Rainow S, Sowerbutts T, Torzillo PJ (2013)

Improving the state of health hardware in Australian Indigenous housing: building more houses is not the only answer.

International Journal of Circumpolar Health; 72: 21181

Retrieved 5 August 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v72i0.21181

Terrill L (2013)

What price to pay? Home ownership on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(9): 12-16

Ware V-A (2013)

Housing strategies that improve Indigenous health outcomes.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This resource was produced as part of a collection of resource sheets for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, a database of evidence on what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage.

This resource sheet examines the links between housing quality and health outcomes, the mechanisms by which housing influences health outcomes, and a range of practices that can improve the condition of Indigenous housing. It reviews what works, what doesn't, and what further research is needed.

Housing strategies that improve Indigenous health outcomes includes information on:

  • what we know and don't know about housing and health
  • what works and doesn't work
  • current policy context
  • scope of the review and nature of evidence base
  • how housing impacts on health outcomes
    • variations in the impacts of housing on Indigenous health
    • health impacts of poor design, construction and maintenance
    • pyscho-social impacts of housing on health
    • economic mechanisms and health impacts
  • types of housing interventions that impact upon health, and principles for their effective implementation
    • policy environment
    • funding models
    • design and delivery of appropriate housing
    • cultural appropriateness
    • infrastructure improvements
    • housing maintenance
    • housing-related health promotion programs.

The Closing the Gap Clearinghouse has also published a resource sheet on housing construction and maintenance. This resource sheet is intended to complement it by examining how the quality of housing impacts on health outcomes, and by taking a broader view of housing including its location and social environment. It is recommended that the two resource sheets be read alongside one another.

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Zaretzky K, Flatau P (2013)

The cost of homelessness and the net benefit of homelessness programs: a national study.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

2012

Housing Indigenous Australia: Community land trusts (2012)

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

This resource sheet is one of a series produced by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) as part of the activities of the Indigenous Housing and Homeless Policy, Practice and Research Network.

The fact sheet includes information on:

  • what community land trusts are
  • what we know about community land trusts
  • what can be done about community land trusts
  • Indigenous Housing and Homelessness Policy, Practice and Research Network.

Other information sheets include:

  • behaviors that put tenancies at risk
  • homelessness
  • insecure tenancies
  • mining towns
  • overcrowding.

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Commonwealth Ombudsman (2012)

Remote housing reforms in the Northern Territory.

Canberra: Commonwealth Ombudsman

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2012)

Closing the gap in the Northern Territory monitoring report : July to December 2011.

Canberra: Australian Government

2011

Australian National Audit Office (2011)

Implementation of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing in the Northern Territory.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

This report stems from the Australian Senate's request of the Auditor General to investigate the management of the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) in the Northern Territory. The audit focused on the:

  • program management arrangements
  • role of the Australian Government in relation to the management arrangements
  • progress of the National partnership agreement on remote Indigenous housing (NPARIH) in the Northern Territory

The report provides key findings for each focus area and key recommendations for future management, delivery and public reporting of the NPARIH in the Northern Territory.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

COAG Reform Council (2011)

COAG reform agenda: report on progress 2011.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

This report presents the progress of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform agenda which aims to improve the wellbeing of all Australians including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It reports on the six institutional features (e.g., fair and sustainable financial arrangements) of the Intergovernmental agreement on federal financial relations (IGA) and if they are being realised in practice, the progress of key reform commitments and finally performance indicators for the goals set for the COAG reform agenda including Closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

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Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2011)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report April 2011 - September 2011.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2011)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report September 2010 - March 2011.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Closing the gap in the Northern Territory monitoring report : January to June 2011.

Canberra: Australian Government

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2011.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Australia

The third annual report outlines the progress that has been made towards meeting the targets set to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The most positive change has been in the area of child mortality where the gap has significantly narrowed in recent years.

The report provides information on the seven key building blocks identified by the Government as addressing specific areas of Indigenous disadvantage, including:

  • early childhood building block
  • schooling building block
  • health building block
  • healthy homes building block
  • safe communities building block
  • economic participation building block
  • governance and leadership building block.

The Government has committed to investing $5.75 billion over three years to make long-term improvements in each of these building block areas. The report acknowledges the interrelated nature of the Closing the gap targets, and outlines how each of the seven key building blocks works individually and together to make progress towards the targets.

The report also acknowledges how progress can only be made through a partnership approach with Indigenous individuals and communities, and the large role that the corporate and community sectors have to play in closing the gap. The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australian's are cited as key instances of how this partnership approach has been implemented.

The report recognises that previous methods of data collection were inadequate to measure progress made; to improve the evidence base the Government has committed $46.4 million over four years from 2009-10. Finally the report concludes that there is still much work to be done to address Indigenous disadvantage, but hopefully through following the targets set 'closing the gap' will be a realisable achievement within the next generation.

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Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Northern Territory Emergency Response evaluation report 2011.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Stronger futures in the Northern Territory: report on consultations.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

This report summarises the consultations which took place with Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory (NT) between June and August 2011. The aim of the consultations was to hear what Aboriginal people thought about the government's role in tackling the levels of disadvantage experienced, and what needed to be done to help build a stronger future for Aboriginal people living in the NT. The themes that emerged from the consultations included:

  • addressing school attendance
  • jobs
  • reducing alcohol-related harm
  • improving housing
  • taking more responsibility for their lives and communities
  • more effective and reliable services from all levels of government
  • more consultation with government
  • the implementation of the Northern Territory Emergency Response
  • the wish for a stronger future for young people.

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Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011)

Stronger futures in the Northern Territory: discussion paper June 2011.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources (2011)

Indigenous resistance Down-Under: Gurindji fight the Intervention - two part video report.

: Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources

Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services (2011)

Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services report #4 December 2010 to May 2011.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Australian Government expenditure by state and territory, 2010 Indigenous expenditure report supplement.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report is a supplement to the first Indigenous expenditure report (http://www.pc.gov.au/ier/publications/ier-2010) which was released in February 2011 and provides information on estimated expenditure for Indigenous specific services and the estimated share of mainstream services of relevance to the Indigenous population. Expenditure is provided for Australian, state and territory governments. The seven Closing the gap building blocks provide the framework for the report. The aim of this report is to contribute to better policy making and improved outcomes for Indigenous Australians. The focus is 'on the ground' services relating to education, justice, health, housing, community services, employment and other vital services.

The initial report was unable to provide Australian Government direct expenditure allocated to individual states and territories which this supplement provides.

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Viswanathan R, Franklin E, Phillips J (2011)

A better way: building healthy, safe and sustainable communities in the Northern Territory through a community development approach.

Sydney: Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR)

2010

Aboriginal Affairs NSW (2010)

Aboriginal Affairs NSW achievements report 2009/10.

Sydney: Department of Human Services NSW

Aboriginal Affairs NSW (2010)

Two ways together report on indicators 2009.

Sydney: Aboriginal Affairs NSW

Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit (2010)

Closing the Gap: 10 Years of Housing for Health in NSW: an evaluation of a healthy housing intervention.

Sydney: NSW Department of Health

Australian National Audit Office (2010)

Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

Closing The Gap: Tackling Indigenous Chronic Disease (2010)

Indigenous chronic disease package: monitoring and evaluation framework.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

COAG Reform Council (2010)

National Affordable Housing Agreement: baseline performance report for 2008-09.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2010)

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services six monthly report December 2009 – August 2010.

Canberra: Office of the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services

Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services (2010)

Overview of national partnerships in relation to the national Indigenous reform agenda.

Canberra: Australian Government

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2010)

Remote Indigenous housing program municipal and essential services guidelines 2009-2012.

Canberra: Australian Government

Donald O, Canty-Waldron J (2010)

Strategic Indigenous Housing Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) post review assessment (PRA).

Canberra: Strategic Indigenous Housing Infrastructure Program

Environmental Health Needs Coordinating Committee (2010)

Environmental health needs of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia: the 2008 survey and its findings.

Perth: Western Australian Department of Health, Public Health Division

The Western Australian Environmental health needs survey was conducted over 2007 and 2008 and is the third survey in a series which surveyed housing, services, utilities, community infrastructure and the immediate living environment in discrete Aboriginal communities in WA. Data collected related to over 15,000 residents from 232 communities. This publication reports the outcomes of this survey and provides a comparison with the outcomes of the 1997 and 2004 surveys.

The survey was conducted by environmental health practitioners who work with and in discrete Aboriginal communities. The practitioners visited the communities to survey existing infrastructure. Information was also collected about levels of community satisfaction and any concerns with the provision of essential, municipal and allied services which influenced and affected environmental health in the communities.

The core environmental health and infrastructure issues covered in the report were:

  • water
  • electricity
  • housing
  • solid waste disposal
  • sanitation
  • dust
  • dog health programs
  • emergency management

The report provides an evidence base which highlights the continued environmental health issues faced by many of the communities who participated in the survey. It is the foundation for the future direction of service plans and delivery in discrete communities.

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Housing NSW (2010)

Housing NSW commitment to improving service delivery to Aboriginal people.

Sydney: Department of Human Services, NSW

Macklin J (2010)

Closing the Gap - building momentum.

Canberra: Government of Australia, Budget 2010-11

Milligan V, Phillips R, Easthope H, Memmott P (2010)

Service directions and issues in social housing for Indigenous households in urban and regional areas.

Brisbane: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Partnerships Queensland (2010)

Annual highlights report for Queensland's discrete Indigenous communities: July 2009 – June 2010: incorporating the quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland's discrete Indigenous communities: April - June 2010.

Brisbane: Partnerships Queensland

Queensland Government (2010)

Quarterly report on key indicators in Queensland's discrete Indigenous communities: January-March 2010.

Brisbane: Queensland Government

Queensland Government (2010)

Queensland Closing the Gap Report: 2008/09: indicators and initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Brisbane: Queensland Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Queensland Housing and Homelessness Services (2010)

Home ownership on Indigenous communal lands discussion paper.

Brisbane: Housing and Homelessness Services, Queensland

Russell L (2010)

Commonwealth Indigenous budget bulletin.

Canberra: Macroeconomics

Sanders W (2010)

Working Future: a critique of policy by numbers.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities (2010)

Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities: final report 2010.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities (2010)

Select committee on regional and remote Indigenous communities: fourth report 2010.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Torres Strait Regional Authority (2010)

Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area regional plan 2009 - 2029.

Thursday Island, Queensland: Torres Strait Regional Authority

2009

Attorney-General’s Department, Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2009)

Possible housing and infrastructure native title amendments - discussion paper.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2009)

Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program - review of programme performance.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Flatau P, Coleman A, Memmott P, Baulderstone J, Slatter M (2009)

Sustaining at-risk Indigenous tenancies: a review of Australian policy responses.

Melbourne, Vic: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous Programs) (2009)

Evaluation of service delivery in remote Indigenous communities.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Finance and Deregulation

Porter R (2009)

From community housing to public housing in Northern Territory remote Aboriginal communities: the policy context.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Porter R (2009)

Towards a hybrid model of public housing in Northern Territory remote Aboriginal communities?.

Alice Springs: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities (2009)

Select committee on regional and remote Indigenous communities: second report 2009.

Canberra: Parliament of Australia

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2009)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2009.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2009)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2009: overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

Torres Strait Regional Authority (2009)

Torres Strait development plan 2009-2013.

Thursday Island, Queensland: Torres Strait Regional Authority

Western Australian Department of Housing, Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commission (2009)

Aboriginal housing joint statement: housing inquiry update.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commission

2008

Altman J, Kerins S, Fogarty B, Webb K (2008)

Why the Northern Territory Government needs to support outstations/homelands in the Aboriginal, Northern Territory and national interest: submission to the Northern Territory Government outstation policy discussion paper.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Central Land Council (2008)

Reviewing the Northern Territory Emergency Response: perspectives from six communities.

Alice Springs: Central Land Council

New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (2008)

A submission from the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council to the Inquiry into Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage.

Sydney: New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council

New South Wales Parliament Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues (2008)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage in New South Wales.

Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales

Yu P, Duncan ME, Gray B (2008)

Northern Territory Emergency Response: report of the NTER Review Board.

Canberra: Northern Territory Emergency Response Review

The report of the Northern Territory Emergency Response Review Board provides an independent assessment of the progress of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). From early July until late August 2008 the Board travelled throughout the Northern Territory for community and other consultations, visiting 31 Aboriginal communities and speaking with representatives of 56 communities. The report outlines the key results of the consultations on each component of the intervention, and considers the main areas for improvement.

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2007

Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (2007)

National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health: progress against jurisdictional implementation plans, report to the Australian Health Minister's Conference, 1 July 2006 until 30 June 2007.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2007)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2007.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

The Council of Australian Governments commissioned the Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision in 2002 to provide regular reports against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage. In 2007, the Council reaffirmed its commitment to 'closing the outcomes gap between Indigenous people and other Australians over a generation'. This report (third in the series) provides indicators of Indigenous disadvantage, with a focus on areas where governments can make a difference.

This publication reports on seven strategic areas for action:

  • early childhood development and growth;
  • early school engagement and performance;
  • positive childhood and transition to adulthood;
  • substance use and misuse;
  • functional and resilient families and communities;
  • effective environmental health systems;
  • and economic participation and development.

The report consists of three parts:

  • the overview, which summarises the report's key messages
  • the main report, which provides more detailed information and the evidence base supporting the framework and choice of indicators
  • the tables, which include data used in the report (published on the review website)

The report documents that some outcomes have deteriorated, including Indigenous people's involvement with the criminal justice system. Many environmental and behavioural risk factors that contribute to poor health outcomes have not improved. There were improvements reported in some of the economic indicators, such as home ownership and employment rates and in some child health outcomes. For some indicators where there have been improvements outcomes for non-Indigenous people have also improved, meaning a gap in outcomes persists.

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Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2007)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2007: overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

2006

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2006)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators: consultation paper.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2006)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators: consultation questionnaire.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

2005

Environmental Health Needs Coordinating Committee (2005)

Environmental health needs of Indigenous communities in Western Australia: the 2004 survey and its findings.

Perth: Government of Western Australia

This report presents the results of the 2004 Environmental Health Needs Survey (EHNS) of Indigenous communities in Western Australia. In total, 274 Indigenous communities participated in the EHNS and 2801 dwelling forms were completed on individual households. In the report, data on core environmental health indicators are analysed for Western Australia's ATSIC regions, and comparisons are made with data from the 1997 EHNS. The indicators include water, electricity, housing, sanitation, solid waste, dust, dog control, and emergency management. Since the 1997 EHNS, progress has been made in larger communities on the indicators for water, electricity and sewerage. In smaller communities less progress has been made. Overall, more dwellings can be classified as 'adequate', but repairs and maintenance on housing need more attention.

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Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2005)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2005: overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2005)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2005: report.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

The Council of Australian Governments has commissioned the Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision to provide regular reports against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage. The aims are to inform Australian governments about whether policy programs and interventions are achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous people and to identify where further work is needed.

This is the second report produced by the Steering Committee. It documents the indicator framework and reports on various indicators of Indigenous disadvantage and seven strategic areas for action:

  • early childhood development and growth;
  • early school engagement and performance;
  • positive childhood and transition to adulthood;
  • substance use and misuse;
  • functional and resilient families and communities;
  • effective environmental health systems; and
  • economic participation and development.

The report documents some improvements in indicators since the last report in 2003 (although caution is needed in some data comparisons), but for many indicators there has been little or no movement. The Steering Committee will continue to document the development of the indicator framework, and produce a regular report against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage as part of the process of continuing improvement.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2004

Australian National Audit Office (2004)

National Aboriginal Health Strategy delivery of housing and infrastructure to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities follow-up audit: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council (2004)

National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2003-2013: context.

Canberra: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council

2003

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2003)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2003 report.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth Service Provision (2003)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2003: overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This is the first of a series of regular reports designed to identify whether policy programs and interventions are achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous people and help guide future work. The Steering Committee was commissioned by the Council of Australian Governments to report against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage. Content of the report includes information on:

  • the framework
  • headline indicators
  • strategic areas for action
  • early child development and growth
  • early school engagement and performance
  • positive childhood and transition to adulthood
  • substance use and misuse
  • functional and resilient families and communities
  • effective environmental health systems
  • economic participation and development

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2002

Urbis Keys Young (2002)

Accountability in Indigenous environmental health services - Australia 2002: Indigenous environmental health mapping project.

Canberra: EnHealth Council, Department of Health and Ageing

The Department of Health and Ageing commissioned this report on behalf of the enHealth Council in 2002. The report provides a systematic account, or 'map', of the roles and responsibilities of key agencies or organisations involved in providing, managing or funding Indigenous environmental health services (at the time the report was written). In particular, the research was concerned with drinking water, housing, sewerage, waste management, pest control and food.

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