Prime Minister Rudd has made a promise to halve the education and work opportunity gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in ten years. The Dusseldorp Skills Forum, in partnership with Reconciliation Australia, has developed two reports as a contribution to this goal. These reports highlight where the gaps are as well as the programs that are already working to narrow them. Closing these gaps does not require reinventing the wheel, but rather knowing what works and supporting these programs.
How Young Indigenous People are Faring uses Census data from 1996, 2001 and 2006 to examine changes in the education and labour force participation of Indigenous youth (15- 29). It’s about drawing a line in the sand. Knowing where we stand helps us to move forward.
- Mike Long – Monash University-ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET)