Indigenous Affairs

 

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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.

Featured Publication

Publications

Impact Investing: harnessing capital markets to solve societal problems
Josephine Cashman
25 October 2017 | OP158

In the post GFC environment, with the risk and return matrix and reputation risk to corporations and financial institutions, capital markets are attracted to social impact investing. Impact investing, or social impact investing, offers opportunities for investors with a commitment to social responsibility to invest…

Submission to Productivity Commission - Draft report: Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services
Michael Potter, Sara Hudson
14 July 2017 | CIS Submission

The Productivity Commission (PC) released a draft report proposing reforms to increased competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services. CIS responded to the PC’s report with a submission covering two issues raised in the draft report: social housing and remote Indigenous communities. In…

Evaluating Indigenous programs: a toolkit for change
Sara Hudson
04 June 2017 | RR28

The federal government recently announced it will allocate $10 million a year over four years to strengthen the evaluation of Indigenous programs. However, given that the average cost of an evaluation is $382,000, the extra $10 million a year for Indigenous program evaluations will not…

Submission to the Queensland Productivity Commission on: Service Delivery in remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
Sara Hudson, Heidi Kiekebosch-Fitt
02 June 2017 | CIS Submission

The Inquiry into service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders closely aligns with the CIS’s focus on Indigenous service delivery and achieving better outcomes for Indigenous peoples as part of our Prosperity Project. The Prosperity Project is a program of research focused on the…

Submission to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet – Consultation Paper: Indigenous Business Sector Strategy
Sara Hudson, Charles Jacobs
26 May 2017 | CIS Submission

We believe supporting Indigenous businesses contributes to Indigenous empowerment. Unlike program delivery, which tends to be a more passive form of support, supporting Indigenous businesses is an active form of assistance. A multiplier effect occurs when people own a business that goes beyond the financial…

Media & Commentary

The great Indigenous funding fallacy
Charles Jacobs
17 January 2018 | THE SPECTATOR: FLAT WHITE

Aboriginal people in the ACT are receiving a similar level of government funding to those in Western Australia, despite having a household income higher than the typical Australian family. Public…

Changing Australia Day won't change history
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
12 January 2018 | DAILY TELEGRAPH

Australia Day is often heralded by ads about lamb and barbies being ‘Australian’. But what does it actually mean to be Australian? I am half Warlpiri and a mixture of…

Financial security will bring Indigenous environmental sustainability
Charles Jacobs
12 January 2018 | IDEAS@THECENTRE

The Indigenous ranger programs must leverage market opportunities and become financially self-sustainable to reap long term benefits.

Another year, another failure to close the gaps
Charles Jacobs
05 January 2018 | THE SPECTATOR - FLAT WHITE

A new year typically brings optimism, hope and a sense of progression. However, for the most disadvantaged Indigenous people, 2018 has started like so many before it — with a…

Cashless debit cards protect Aboriginal women and children
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
26 December 2017 | THE AUSTRALIAN

The Left seems to be increasingly more concerned with the ‘rights of the individual’ when those individuals are alcoholics, addicts and abusers assaulting female and child victims — the rights…