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

Risky business: the problems of Indigenous business policy
Charles Jacobs
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…

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…

Media & Commentary

Indigenous child welfare double standards will perpetuate gap
Jeremy Sammut
15 June 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

Bill Shorten has been rightly criticised for his comments suggesting ‘culture’ take priority over the welfare of Indigenous children — and for suggesting that only ‘whitefellas’ say otherwise. But it’s…

Competition breeds benefits for Indigenous business
Charles Jacobs
25 May 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

Much has been said about the federal government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP). Launched in 2015, supporters have hailed the scheme as one of the ‘proudest achievements’ in Indigenous affairs. However,…

Balance the key to CDP bungle
Charles Jacobs
09 May 2018 | Online Opinion

Recent revelations about the ongoing dysfunction of the Community Development Programme (CDP) are again stirring calls to reform a scheme that has already attracted a lot of controversy. The remote…

Beware of overusing Indigenous business targets
Charles Jacobs
05 May 2018 | The Spectator: Flat White

The Indigenous business sector is booming. But recent calls for more targets to boost Aboriginal companies must be treated with caution. Targets will never be the ultimate solution and can cause a…

Beware of overusing Indigenous business targets
Charles Jacobs
03 May 2018 | The Spectator Australia

The Indigenous business sector is booming. But recent calls for more targets to boost Aboriginal companies must be treated with caution. Targets will never be the ultimate solution and can cause a…