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Indigenous Community Governance

Document: Working Paper

This paper explores some of the factors that appear to be supporting the growth and success of the Central Land Council's multimillion-dollar Aboriginal community development program that operates across Central Australia. The program has driven a major change in the way that Aboriginal groups across Central Australia apply a significant amount of their income. It has introduced a facilitated process that supports Aboriginal groups to set and achieve development objectives using income earned from collectively owned land.

Document: Project Description

A Collaborative Action Research Project by the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and Reconciliation Australia

Document: Project Description

This doctoral research aims to reflect both conceptually and empirically on the development and application of community development techniques in Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Development Trust), Papua New Guinea (Bismark Ramu Group), and Fiji (Social Empowerment and Education Program) from 1982 to the present. The study will focus on urban populations in outer regional New South Wales, and the Far South Coast, predominantly Yuin nation

Document: Discussion Paper

The extent to which social policy should foster economic adaptation and compensate the 'losers' from economic forces is of growing concern to policy makers in the 1990s. From an Aboriginal policy perspective this concern is familiar. The recent endemic levels of unemployment experienced by the non-Aboriginal population have been a long-term experience for Indigenous Australians.

Document: Discussion Paper

Since the early 1970s Commonwealth Governments have been pursuing policies of self-determination/self-management in relation to Aborigines. In 1987, the Hawke Government announced its intention to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) to further this policy goal. During the debates over ATSIC's formation, the issue of public accountability in the existing administration of Aboriginal affairs came to public prominence.

Document: Discussion Paper

This paper examines developments and dilemmas in relations between local governments and Indigenous Australians over the last quarter century. It establishes a framework for analysis based on differences in local government systems, circumstances and populations. It then examines two sets of developments in relations which have occurred in contrasting circumstances. The first is ongoing poor relations in incorporated local government areas, focusing on a complex of issues surrounding land ownership, rates and services.