Policy Paper

  • We can and must do better

    Last published: 10 June 2016Author: ANTaR

    ANTaR 2016 Election Statement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations Unite

    Last published: 9 June 2016Author: Aboriginal Peak Bodies

    The Redfern Statement

    An urgent call for a more just approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

    "We are here today, the 9th of June 2016, in Redfern where in 1992 Prime Minister Paul Keating spoke truth about this nation – that the disadvantage faced by First Peoples affects and is the responsibility of all Australians."

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  • State of Reconciliation Report

    Last published: 28 April 2016Author: Reconciliation Australia

    Twenty-five years after the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR), this report examines the state of reconciliation in Australia today. The report uses a five dimensional framework of reconciliation to measure and analyse Australia’s progress over this time and set out a roadmap for a reconciled Australia. The intention is to spark a renewed national conversation about how, over the next 25 years, we can move towards becoming a reconciled, just and equitable Australia.

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  • Close the Gap Position Paper on Federal Budget 2016

    Last published: 27 April 2016Author: Close The Gap

    The Government, with bipartisan support across Parliament, should prove its ongoing obligation to closing the gap by 2030 with a well-considered and appropriate budget commitment for the following priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

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  • Close the Gap - Progress and Priorities Report 2016

    Last published: 9 February 2016Author: Close the Gap Campaign

    The message from the Close the Gap Campaign is clear. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequality is an issue of growing national concern. We can and want to be the generation that closes the gap but we must stay the course and keep our attention and resources focused on this goal. The health gap has rightfully been described as a stain on our nation, and this generation has the opportunity and responsibility to remove it. 

     

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  • A Blueprint for Change

    Last published: 30 November 2015Author: Change the Record

    This Blueprint is the result of more than two years of collaboration between 16 leading peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bodies, legal organisations and human rights groups. It urges a whole of government strategy, the setting of justice targets, and a commitment to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, their organisations and representatives to drive solutions.

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  • Close the Gap Position Paper on Federal Budget

    Last published: 10 May 2015Author: Close the Gap

     The Close the Gap Campaign believes that the Federal Budget 2015-16 should quarantine the Close the Gap funding against any further reductions and contain the following: 

    1) Address the measures creating a potential negative impact on Closing the Gap from the Federal Budget 2014-15. 

    2) Implementation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 

    3) Building the capability of the ACCHS sector 

    4) Funding national and jurisdictional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations 

    5) Agreements with the states and territories 

    6) The Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) should reinstate the $534.4million over five years cut from last years budget.

    7) A commitment not to close remote communities   

    8) Maintain five year census schedule 

    9) Review of contract mechanisms moving to preferred rather than competitive.  

    10) Adequately resource the National Disability Insurance Scheme 

    11) Quarantine National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy from any further budget cuts. 

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  • ANTaR NSW Policy Platform 2015 Election

    Last published: 27 February 2015Author: ANTaR NSW
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  • Close the Gap Campaign - Progress and Priorities Report 2015

    Last published: 10 February 2015Author: Close the Gap Campaign

    The Campaign Steering Committee welcomes the absolute gains in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life expectancy from 2005–2007 to 2010–2012. Over that five-year period, life expectancy is estimated to have increased by 1.6 years for males and by 0.6 of a year for females. But a life expectancy gap of around ten years remains for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when compared with non-Indigenous people. Continued comittment and ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality is a priority is required if we are to Close the Gap by 2030. 

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  • Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report

    Last published: 12 February 2014Author: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

    Close the Gap Progress and Priorities Report 2014

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  • Incoming government brief prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

    Last published: 28 August 2013Author: Close the Gap Campaign Committee

    The Close the Gap Campaign Committee have released their briefing paper, calling for an incoming government to priortise a renewed COAG National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap and action on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan to ensure progress on closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians.

     

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  • Close the Gap Shadow Report 2013

    Last published: 6 February 2013Author: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

    Close the Gap Shadow Report 2013

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  • Close the Gap Shadow Report 2012

    Last published: 1 February 2012Author: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

    Close the Gap Shadow Report 2012

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  • A Better Way: Building healthy, safe and sustainable communities in the Northern Territory through a community development approach

    Last published: 1 September 2011Author: ANTaR

    Informed by the failures of the existing policy settings, the paper argues for an alternative framework (‘A Better Way’) to create safe, healthy and sustainable communities through a community development approach. In making the case for such an approach, the paper draws on lessons from international development and the Harvard Project to highlight the connection between governance, empowerment, community development and economic development. Key principles which underpin a community development approach are then identified based on these lessons and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, endorsed by the Australian Government. The potential of a community development approach to create social, economic and cultural benefits in NT communities is then explored. Finally, the paper analyses the directions outlined in the Government’s Stronger Futures paper against community development principles. It makes a series of recommendations for a longer-term community development future for NT remote communities, drawing on the work and recommendations of a range of Aboriginal organisations and research bodies.

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  • National Call to Action

    Last published: 15 April 2011

    Read ANTaR's National Call to Action, issued on the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody handing their Final Report to the Governor-General.

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  • Close the Gap Shadow Report 2011

    Last published: 1 February 2011Author: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

    Close the Gap Shadow Report 2011

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  • A Better Way: Success Stories in Aboriginal Community Control in the Northern Territory

    Last published: 1 January 2011Author: ANTaR

    Showcasing Success Stories in Aboriginal Community Control in the Northern Territory

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  • Are we there yet? A Reconciliation Progress Report 2010

    Last published: 1 November 2010Author: ANTaR

    This Reconciliation Progress Report assesses progress in the ten years since the December 2000 Final Report of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. The report calls on governments to advance their commitment to ‘resetting’ the relationship with Indigenous Australians by developing a clear reconciliation agenda. It makes a number of recommendations aimed at resetting relationships, respecting rights and resourcing reconciliation activities and groups. These include a proposed process for negotiated agreement-making, a broad and consultative constitutional reform process and a plan to close the Indigenous health gap.

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  • Election 2010: Towards justice, rights and reconciliation?

    Last published: 1 September 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this Election Analysis, ANTaR argues that Indigenous issues scarcely rated a mention until the release of Indigenous election statements late in the campaign, which received limited media coverage. Due to the lateness of their release, Aboriginal people in many remote areas had started voting well before the major parties’ policies on Indigenous issues were known. The highlight of the campaign was the affirmation by all major parties of their support for constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples with firm steps towards its achievement proposed. ANTaR warmly welcomed these commitments.

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  • Success Stories in Indigenous Health - A showcase of successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health projects

    Last published: 1 September 2010Author: ANTaR

    Success Stories in Indigenous Health -  A showcase of successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health projects was released in 2007, in the early days of the Close the Gap campaign, to demonstrate that positive change was possible in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

     

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  • ANTaR Election Priorities 2010

    Last published: 1 August 2010Author: ANTaR

    In this paper, ANTaR outlines key policy priorities affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and calls on all parties to commit to reforms, programs and funding designed to advance justice, rights and reconciliation.

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  • Close the Gap Partnership Paper 2010

    Last published: 1 June 2010Author: Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee

    Genuine partnership exists when two or more parties join together to work toward a common goal; it is a process of shared decision making, of negotiated outcomes, and of mutual respect. It is an ongoing process, and one that requires sustained effort to maintain over time. At its heart, working in partnership means that both parties have genuine influence - not only in identifying issues and developing solutions, but also in determining the form of partnership.

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