A black hole for Aboriginal advancement

By Bizclik Editor

Efforts to organise programs that would help Aboriginal Australians with employment opportunities have accrued millions of dollars to no avail, the Sydney Morning Herald reported today.

In a milestone report commissioned by the Allen Consulting Group, at least $17 million has been spent on programs designed to aid Aboriginal people, but these programs – implemented with “no strategy or framework linking programs to the needs of Aboriginal people” – have failed to attain results, according to the article.

Click here to read the 'Best of 2011' issue of Business Review Australia

The report blames little monitoring or evaluation of the 14 programs as reasons for failure, and Victor Dominello, the NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, told the paper that these programs appear to have “continued unchecked for more than 10 years.” Prior to the report’s commissioning, Dominello discovered that Wilcannia, an Aboriginal community with a population of 600, offered 57 programs that had yielded little results in the areas of employment, education and health.

The federal government said advancement opportunities for Aboriginals have been “mixed” despite spending $3.5 billion each year on indigenous programs, The Australian reported back in August.

The report – the first independent review commissioned by the NSW state government since 1989 – recommended shifting the focus of these programs to provide steady support to Aboriginals from childhood through adulthood.

''We [want] to have more engagement with the private and non-government sector,'' Dominello told the SMH. ''There has not been enough government leadership on this in the past.''

Dominello added that a team effort between the government and Aboriginal community leaders to resolve these issues has already commenced.


Featured Articles

Welcome to the New Age of the CISO

HE Dr Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, UAE Government and Dr Aloysius Cheang, Chief Security Officer Huawei UAE, on the new age of the CISO

Making the UAE the world’s strongest digital fortress

His Excellency Dr Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, UAE Government, on visionary plans to build the world’s most secure digital society

World Mental Health Day – 10 apps to improve wellbeing

Employers should recognise the growing use of apps to help support mental health – here are 10 to consider on World Mental Health Day

Exec interview: Brook Sims, COO, MAC Diversity Recruiters

Leadership & Strategy

Best new books that will make you a better leader

Leadership & Strategy

5 Mins With: Jeff Li, founder and CEO of Shoplazza

Leadership & Strategy