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Economic prosperity – concepts and perspectives

Supporting a positive, respectful and enduring relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the NSW Government requires a better understanding of Aboriginal standpoints, including the nature of Aboriginal economic prosperity.

This study will examine how economic prosperity, economic development and wellbeing have been defined and constructed by different disciplines and by Aboriginal and Western peoples, and how these concepts interact and intersect. It will review how these concepts have been used in existing literature, and in Aboriginal policy debates and frameworks. The study will investigate how these various concepts have influenced government policy approaches to economic development and wider discourses about Aboriginal peoples.

The study is being undertaken in partnership with the Centre for Aboriginal and Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University.

Understanding the practice of co-designing and co-producing recommendations

Over the last two decades, governments have increasingly sought to include the public in the design and development of services to ensure they are meeting the needs of individuals and communities. Concepts such as ‘co-design’ and ‘co-production’ have emerged to describe this style of collaboration.

There is some evidence in recent years of an emerging practice that seeks to bring citizens into co-designing recommendations to government. However, successful recommendation making to government is, in and of itself, a complex enterprise requiring attention to a range of issues including the construction and wording of recommendations, and knowledge of public service structures, budget, and government priorities and predisposition to implement any given recommendation.

This study will examine the process used to arrive at the recommendations arising from the OCHRE evaluation, as a case study to inform future work in this area. It will explore possible conflicts and contradictions in experience and world view in the ways Aboriginal peoples and government understand and enact the recommendation making process. Undertaken in partnership with the Anthropos Consulting Services, the study seeks to improve the quality of recommendations to increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.

Aboriginal Languages and Wellbeing in NSW

Anecdotal evidence suggests that there are many health and wellbeing benefits for Aboriginal people who speak their heritage language. This study will analyse data from the Australian Census of Population and Housing, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey and the National Indigenous Languages Survey collections to identify connections between speaking an Aboriginal language and wellbeing in NSW. The evidence gained through the study will inform work to achieve the commitments in the Aboriginal Languages Act (2017).

The study is being undertaken in partnership with the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University.

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