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The Australian National University

Jin Liu

Document: Discussion Paper

A major feature of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) has been its regional structure, currently consisting of 36 jurisdictions. The data and analysis in this discussion paper were produced primarily for ATSIC regional councils for both regional planning and bottom-up resource-bidding purposes.

Document: Discussion Paper

There are a number of ways in which Aboriginal Employment Development Policy (AEDP) strategies implemented since 1987 have sought to increase the spread of Indigenous employment across the range of industries. This paper uses 1986 and 1991 Census data to measure whether change has occurred in the relative distribution of Indigenous employment. Dissimilarity between the distribution of Indigenous and other workers across broad industry categories increased slightly between 1986 and 1991.

Document: Discussion Paper

The purpose of this discussion paper is to estimate the private rate of return to post-compulsory education for Indigenous compared with other Australians. The results presented here show that there are considerable financial benefits to completing a post-secondary qualification for Indigenous people but the return to additional post-compulsory schooling is less attractive.

Document: Discussion Paper

This paper considers whether Indigenous employment strategies implemented over the latter half of the 1980s and early 1990s coincided with an improvement in occupational status for Indigenous workers and a movement towards greater similarity with the occupational profile of the general population. Using detailed occupation data from the 1986 and 1991 Censuses, change in the relative distribution of Indigenous employment is analysed by sex and section-of-State.

Document: Discussion Paper

This paper compares estimates of the social rate of return to education for Indigenous Australians with those for non-Indigenous Australians. The social rate of return measures the net benefits to society of educating its citizens. If education is treated as an investment by society in its people, then Australian society will be made better off by an increase in educational investment as long as the social rate of return is higher than that for other public investments.

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