Continuation of funding for Indigenous social and economic research 


Portfolio: Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs


Why is this important?


  • There are still significant gaps in the knowledge base for Indigenous Affairs and an increasing amount of data being developed that requires robust analysis.
  • This research will enable the Australian Government to develop sound evidence-based policy and programmes across a broad realm of social and economic areas and will contribute to the development of new policies and programmes and reassessment of existing approaches.

Who will benefit?


  • All Australians, especially Indigenous Australians, will benefit from research outcomes that facilitate better targeted Indigenous policy and programmes.
  • Indigenous research has sensitive issues requiring specialised expertise that differs from research undertaken in the broader population.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?


  • The Government will provide funding of $0.8 million over four years.

What have we done in the past?


  • This initiative provides a continuing platform for social and economic Indigenous research undertaken over the past four years where issues such as capacity building, service delivery, decentralisation and governance in regional and remote Aboriginal communities were explored.
  • This measure differs from the last measure in that the funding will be used to broaden the scope of the research and provide an opportunity for a range of providers to undertake both short- and long-term social policy research on Indigenous issues.

When will the initiative conclude?


  • This funding will lapse on 30 June 2011.

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