Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage

In April 2002, the Council of Australian Governments commissioned the Steering Committee to produce a regular report against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage. The Steering Committee is advised by a working group made up of representatives from all Australian governments, the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report measures the wellbeing of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. The report provides information about outcomes across a range of strategic areas such as early child development, education and training, healthy lives, economic participation, home environment, and safe and supportive communities. The report examines whether policies and programs are achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

The next edition of the report, Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2014, will be released on 19 November 2014. Previous editions were published in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Reviewing the report

The Steering Committee has consulted widely with Indigenous organisations, governments and researchers in developing the report and the indicator framework on which it was based. The Steering Committee published consultation reports in 2003 and 2006, and then undertook a review of the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report in 2012.

The Steering Committee consulted individuals and organisations on its proposed responses to the review between June and September 2013. The 2012 review report, consultation papers prepared to guide discussions, and the Steering Committee’s responses are available at: 2012 Review of the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators report.

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