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Projects Underway

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.

OCHRE practice principles – a literature review

Commencing in 2013 as the NSW Government’s community focused plan for Aboriginal affairs, OCHRE provides the foundation for agreement making in NSW.

The continuing pursuit of evidence to inform the OCHRE plan and practice has progressively strengthened OCHRE. We find ourselves, for the first time, completing a full public policy cycle for Aboriginal affairs in NSW delivering a reinvigorated and strengthened OCHRE.

Renewal includes making explicit the principles of practice which underpin all NSW government services setting the foundation for a respectful relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Government in NSW.

This study explores what is known about good practice from the perspectives of Aboriginal peoples, including the four priority reform areas of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap that, like OCHRE, focus on changing the way governments work with Aboriginal peoples. The literature review will draw on research from a range of disciplines and experiences both within Australia and internationally for inspiration and guidance, giving priority to literature that presents Aboriginal world views.

This study is being undertaken in partnership with the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology, Sydney. It is a sister study to the examination of accountability frameworks that hold validity for Aboriginal peoples and the NSW Government.

OCHRE a framework to support accountability– a literature review

Commencing in 2013 as the NSW Government’s community focused plan for Aboriginal affairs, OCHRE provides the foundation for agreement making in NSW.

The continuing pursuit of evidence to inform the OCHRE plan and practice has progressively strengthened OCHRE. We find ourselves, for the first time, completing a full public policy cycle for Aboriginal affairs in NSW delivering a reinvigorated and strengthened OCHRE.

Renewal includes establishing robust accountability that supports the relationship between the state and Aboriginal peoples in NSW. Existing evidence is clear that to be successful the frameworks must support Aboriginal-centred perspectives on accountability that emphasise the critical role of effective relationships; supporting genuine self-determination and Aboriginal leadership; and the need for Aboriginal-centred services, programs and evaluation processes.

This study will identify the key elements of accountability from Aboriginal and Western perspectives and provide a deep understanding of how these elements can be woven into an accountability framework in NSW that holds validity for Aboriginal peoples and the NSW Government.

The literature review will draw on research from a range of disciplines and experiences both within Australia and internationally for inspiration and guidance, giving priority to literature that presents Aboriginal worldviews.

This study is being undertaken in partnership with the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology, Sydney. It is a sister study to the examination of principles of practice foundational for respectful relationships between Aboriginal peoples and Government in NSW.



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