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.
29 November 2017 | RR35
The Commonwealth’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) has put Aboriginal owned small businesses at the heart of a renewed approach to Indigenous economic development. The IPP has irrevocably changed the space, and the Indigenous business sector has grown exponentially since its introduction in 2015. While the policy has achieved its targets,…READ MORE
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
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…
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
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
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
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…
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…
12 January 2018 | IDEAS@THECENTRE
The Indigenous ranger programs must leverage market opportunities and become financially self-sustainable to reap long term benefits.
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…
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…