The CIS has been publically advocating for improving the outcomes of Indigenous Australians since 2004. Our work has spanned health, education, housing, private property rights, criminal justice, child protection and employment policy reform and had a direct impact on government thinking on Indigenous issues.
Our latest focus is on improving Indigenous economic outcomes.
The Prosperity Project: Strategies for Indigenous Economic Development
The Prosperity Project focuses on the practical measures that will enable Indigenous communities to improve their economic outcomes and bring about meaningful and sustainable change.
While there is much goodwill in Australia to improve Indigenous outcomes, there is a surprising gap in the knowledge about what works.
The Prosperity Project aims to bring likeminded individuals together to help fill that gap and drive the agenda for change.
The Prosperity Project will look at how a more enabling environment for Indigenous enterprise could be created and which models of support and corporate partnerships work most effectively in which context. It will also look at strategies to improve the accountability and effectiveness of Indigenous corporations.
05 December 2016 | OP152
Urgent action is need to address the epidemic of violence in Indigenous communities. Aboriginal women are between 37 and 80 times more likely to experience family violence than non-Indigenous women. For too long, the voices of the victims of domestic violence have been oppressed and silenced. As part of its…READ MORE
Submission to the Productivity Commission on the Preliminary Findings Report: Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform
27 October 2016 | CIS Submission
To improve Indigenous outcomes, there needs to be better management of overall funding and a strategy to coordinate how programs are delivered.
23 August 2016 | Research Report 18
There is much goodwill in Australia to improve Indigenous outcomes. However, too many programs are implemented because of their perceived benefit, rather than a rigorous assessment of what works. This research report maps the number of government and non-government Indigenous programs and potential level of…
25 July 2016 | OP148
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price’s speech is a powerful personal plea to stop the violence against women and children by men and in particular, indigenous males. She talks about the need for positive cultural change and for Indigenous people to take back responsibility to resolve entrenched issues.…
Submission to the Parliament of NSW Standing Committee on State Development: Inquiry into economic development in Aboriginal communities
12 February 2016 | CIS Submission
In seeking to improve Indigenous economic development outcomes it is important to recognise that high levels of Indigenous disadvantage are not related to Indigeneity but are the result of ineffective policies and lack of opportunity — specifically in relation to education, employment and private enterprise.…
08 December 2014 | PM144
This report argues that mainstreaming revolution in Indigenous policy should be extended to Indigenous child protection policy, and that Aboriginal exceptionalism—typified by the operation of Aboriginal Child Placement Principle (ACPP)—must cease. To help ‘Close the Gap’ in social outcomes between Indigenous and other Australians, Indigenous…
Media & Commentary
03 March 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
The furore that erupted in the past week over the federal government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) could have been prevented if the government had been clearer about the objectives they were…
17 February 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
If the Closing the Gap Report was a school report, the government would get an F. Of the seven targets, only one is on track to be met — year…
16 February 2017 | The Australian
Nine years, tens-of-billions of dollars, and tonnes of national goodwill have not made much impression on the appalling gaps in social outcomes between the most disadvantaged indigenous Australians and other…
14 February 2017 | MEDIA RELEASE
As expected, the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap report findings were bleak, Centre for Independent Studies Indigenous Research Manager Sara Hudson said. “Only one of seven Closing the Gap targets…
14 February 2017 | MEDIA RELEASE
Kevin Rudd’s description of the removal of at-risk indigenous children from their families being “a new stolen generation” relies on an outdated understanding of the relationship between Aboriginal identity and…