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The Australian National University

The Economic and Social Benefits of Increasing Indigenous Employment

Topical Issue 1 / 2014


Relatively low rates of employment are one of the reasons for many of the poor economic and socialoutcomes experienced by Indigenous Australians. Increases in the rate of Indigenous employment would result in significant economic gains to the individuals who move into employment, and their families and communities, to the government who would receive higher tax revenues and have lower social security outlays, and the economy as a whole via the increases in the effective labour supply. The existing research also finds that there are health and social benefits that flow from paid employment (e.g. Biddle 2011; Hunter & Gray 2013).