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.
Local knowledge and stories create positive change in Burnie
The whiteboard in Kylie Burgess’ office tells a story about the power of community. It’s covered in notes and ideas about turning local knowledge and lived experience into positive change for the community of Burnie in Tasmania’s north-west.
Dusseldorp Forum acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia and the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we work and live. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past, present and future.