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Framework for Reporting on Indigenous Disadvantage

Report on consultations 2006

A Report on Consultations undertaken on the framework for reporting on Indigenous disadvantage was released on 1 March 2007.

In April 2002, the council of Australian Governments (COAG) commissioned the Review of Government Service Provision to prepare a regular report on key indicators of indigenous disadvantage. Editions of the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators were released in 2003 and 2005.

In 2006, the Steering Committee for the Review undertook broad consultations on the framework for reporting on Indigenous disadvantage. Consultations were held across Australia with Indigenous leaders, organisations and communities, as well as governments, service providers and expert bodies. The Report on Consultations records the comments and suggestions of those consulted.

The next Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators report is due out in June 2007.

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Cover, Foreword, Contents, Acronyms and abbreviations


1   Introduction
1.1   Background
1.2   The approach to consultations
1.3   Consultations with governments
1.4   Consultations with Indigenous organisations and communities

2   Consultation feedback
2.1   Introduction
2.2   Usefulness of the Report
2.3   'Things that work'
2.4   Cultural indicators
Indigenous cultural studies in school curriculum and involvement of Indigneous people in development and delivery of Indigenous studies
Proportion of people with access to their traditional lands
Participation in organised sport, arts or community group activities
Case studies in governance arrangements
2.5   Possible new cultural indicators
Indigenous culture and law
Other possible cultural indicators
2.6   Health related indicator
Access to the nearest health professional
2.7   Substantiated child protection notifications
2.8   Victim rates for crime
2.9   Accredited training in leadership, finance or management
2.10   Comments on other areas/indicators in the framework
Headline indicators
Early child development and growth (prenatal to age 3)
Early school engagement and performance (preschool to year 3)
Positive childhood and transition to adulthood
Substance use and misuse
Functional and resilient families and communities
Effective environmental health systems
Economic participation and development

3   Changes to the framework
3.1   Introduction
3.2   Cultural indicators
3.3   Headline indicators
Disability and chronic diseases
Substantiated child abuse and neglect
Family and community violence
3.4   Early child development and growth
Injury and preventable diseases
3.5   Early school engagement and performance
Preschool and early learning/School attendance
Children with tooth decay
3.6   Substance use and misuse
3.7   Functional and resilient families and communities
Access to primary health care
Mental health
Engagement with service delivery
3.8   Economic participation and development
CDEP participation
Long term unemployment
Self employment and Indigenous business
Governance capacity and skills

A   Consultation participants
A.1   Meetings
A.2   Written comments received

B   Consultation documents
Request for comment - March 2006
Consultation aims
Key questions for consultation
Questionnaire - March 2006
What is the questionnaire about?
Some points to keep in mind
Usefulness of the report
'Things that work'
Cultural indicators
Health related indicator
Other indicators