Indigenous Wellbeing

This theme encompasses a range of research topics that have implications for how policy and practice can be formulated to promote the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, along with critical assessment of existing policies against that goal.  Two foci have been the link between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity and engagement, wellbeing and other socio-economic outcomes; and empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in ways consistent with their cultural aspirations, such as through improved Native Title management and culturally aligned enterprise development. A further objective is to promote the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people themselves in the research, with an initial step being the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for research collaboration with Fitzroy Valley Futures.

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After the Siren Michael Dockery, Sean Gorman This BCEC Feature report aims to build on the narrative of Indigenous peoples’ participation in football at a grass-roots level, and the associated individual and community level outcomes. It is based on analyses of data from the 2014-2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander... Read article 14 September 2017Feature Read More
Far removed: an insight into the labour markets of remote communities in central Australia Michael Dockery, Judith Lovell There are ongoing debates about the livelihoods of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians living in remote communities, and the role for policy in addressing socio-economic equity and the economic viability of those communities. The characteristics and dynamics of remote... Read article 3 April 2017Journal Articles Read More
Aboriginal assets? The impact of major agreements associated with native title in Western Australia Michael Dockery, Sarah Prout, Aileen Hoath Agreements negotiated under the regime created by the Native Title Act (1993) are often seen as having the potential to address disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and promote Aboriginal economic independence. This applies particularly to regional... Read article 20 March 2017Research Reports Read More
Culture, housing, remoteness and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child development. Michael Dockery The limited empirical evidence available in Australia points to beneficial effects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ identification with their culture across a range of outcome domains. Living in remote communities, with limited mainstream economic opportunity, services and infrastructure... Read article 1 February 2017Working Papers Read More
Community Wellbeing From the Ground Up Mandy Yap, Eunice Yu At some point in our lives, we have asked ourselves one or all of these questions. What matters most in life? What makes life worth living? What makes you happy? What makes you feel good? What makes you flourish? Wellbeing can mean many... Read article 12 August 2016BCEC Reports  |  Feature Read More
Self-assessed versus statistical evidence of labour market discrimination Alan Duncan, Astghik Mavisakalyan, Yashar Tarverdi We assess the relative importance of statistical residual-based measures of discrimination in determining indigenous Australians’ perceptions of discrimination in the labour market. We find that statistical measures are largely unrelated to discrimination reports among males and negatively related to discrimination... Read article 1 May 2016Working Papers Read More