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.
Dusseldorp Forum has committed to tackling system reform as part of Stronger Places, Stronger People – a five-year commitment by community, federal, and state governments and philanthropy to work together.
Philanthropy has the potential to provide long-term capital that can drive innovation in government policy. In 2010, philanthropist Julius Colman entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Victorian Government.
COVID-19 has further exposed how policy and power structures hold problems in place. It has also provided a unique, timely opportunity to address the structural reform required to strengthen our communities.
April 18, 2021
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.