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This section provides details of water supply publications related to policies and strategies of relevance to Indigenous environmental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners.

2013

National Health and Medical Research Council, Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (2013)

Australian drinking water guidelines 6: National water quality management strategy [version 2.0 updated December 2013].

Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council and Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council

2012

Centre for Appropriate Technology (2012)

Evaluation of the community water planner and community water planner field guide: workshop report.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

2011

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

2010

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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2008

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

2007

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.

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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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