Cape York Welfare Reform (CYWR) Evaluation Report - 2012

Aim of the publication

The report syntheses key themes and evidence from strategic questions and community views through a mixed methodology participatory approach, conducted by a number of expert evaluators. The report outlines governance arrangements which embody the welfare reform philosophy of moving beyond passive, government-defined service delivery, to empowering Indigenous involvement in  policy and program design and delivery. The Cape York Welfare Reform (CYWR) communities are; Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge.

While implementation began in 2008, the development of the Cape York Welfare Reform (CYWR) was proposed in the landmark reports; From Hand Out to Hand Up, Volume 1 and 2:

Target audience

The Australian and Queensland Governments, and Cape York Regional Organisations, service providers and community members are all partners in this reform.

Content of the publication

The report presents in-depth discussion on the ambitious agenda to fundamentally;

  • rebuild social norms and restore Indigenous authority
  • address the welfare pedestal through changing the incentives
  • support engagement in the real economy
  • move from welfare housing to home ownership
  • enable children to make full use of their talents and creativity and to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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