The CIS has been publicly advocating for improving the outcomes of Indigenous Australians since 2004. Our work has spanned health, education, employment, housing, private property rights, criminal justice, and family violence and child protection reform and has had a direct impact on government thinking on Indigenous issues.
Our latest program is the Indigenous Forum whose key policy initiative is to focus on developing an entrepreneurial mindset and supporting the capability of indigenous businesses to drive economic participation in their communities.
The above work was created for CIS by Djambawa Marawili and members of his community at Yipara (Baniyala) an Anoriginal homeland community in North East Arnhem Land. The CIS indigenous Program, in particular through the work of the late Professor Helen Hughes, has been involved in supporting Andy Buttfield and the Sydney Cove Rotary Club at Yilpara has retained a strong friendship with the community.