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1 Measuring Indigenous economic activity in six remote NT communities Professor William Mitchell Centre of Full Employment and Equity Charles Darwin University and University of Newcastle

2 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Aim of Project  The purpose of this research Project is to develop a set of indicators that measure Indigenous economic activity in six target communities: -Ntaria -Ramingining -Angurugu -Umbakumba -Milyakburra -Tiwi Islands

3 The six study regions MILYAKBURR A TIWI ISLANDS

4 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Project design … literature  Literature review on issues relating to regional development and measurement of economic activity in remote indigenous communities.  Conceptual issues.  Frameworks.

5 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Project design … profiling the study areas  Literature review on issues relating to regional development in remote indigenous communities.  Detailed statistical profiles of the six target communities – with comparative analysis between 2006 and 2011 Censuses.  Experimental benchmarking against selected comparable regions in Australia.  Detailed analysis of Australian Tax Office data from to by postcode to profile income and related information.

6 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Project design … modelling  Develop a broad economic framework (input-output) for assessing regional development in remote Northern Territory communities. -Estimates of economic activity including measures of community regional product. -Integrate NTG Department of Business Job Profiles into hybrid IO model (Key Sector analysis). -Conduct interviews with local engagement officers (Strengthen the Key Sector analysis). -Measures of labour demand shortages (CDEP Case Study).

7 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Project design … data inventory  Provide a detailed inventory of existing relevant data sources within existing Northern Territory Government agencies and apply that data, where possible to the development of the economic profiles.

8 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Project design … additional indicators  CofFEE Economic Prosperity Index and Employment Vulnerability Index: -Attempt to fine tune these to provide synthetic estimates for the six case study regions  CofFEE Functional Economic Regions (CFERs): -The CFERs for the Northern Territory will be updated using 2011 Census Journey to Work data and new spatial datasets constructed based on the new geography.

9 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Census data profiles  Demographic and economic profiles are available from the 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing (collected August).  Available Labour Force data for indigenous and non- indigenous includes: -Employment – full-time, part-time, total -Unemployment -Not in Labour Force  Can be broken down into public/private  The Labour Force data is enumerated by persons.

10 Centre of Full Employment and Equity NT Department of Business Job Profiles  Data collected June-July  Data reflects those businesses reported as operating in the town at the time of data collection.  Data is based on jobs rather than the Census focus on persons.  Why would they be different? -Multiple job holders. -Job sharing.  Indigenous status assigned by “business representative”.

11 The six study regions MILYAKBURR A TIWI ISLANDS

12 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Data issues - Ntari

13 The six study regions MILYAKBURR A TIWI ISLANDS

14 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Data issues - Ramingining

15 The six study regions MILYAKBURR A TIWI ISLANDS

16 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Data issues - Umbakumba

17 The six study regions MILYAKBURR A TIWI ISLANDS

18 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Data issues - Angurugu

19 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Progress …  Literature survey nearly complete.  Detailed profiles nearly complete.  Delay in establishing contact with relevant officers in each community – Federal employees. We are awaiting permission.  Ethics clearance cannot be completed until we have names of relevant people to interview.  Development of modelling framework – technical work done – now experimenting with Job Profile information to modify “top-down” IO data to create hybrid approach.

20 Centre of Full Employment and Equity Prognosis …  The data difficulties are substantial – especially with no Job Profile data for the Tiwi Islands and Milyakburra.  It is unclear whether we will get permission to work with the community contact officers.  There is considerable uncertainty about the Census data.  The Project will deliver a guide to what steps should be taken in the future to ensure that the aims of the Project – to develop a set of indicators that measure indigenous economic activity in six target communities – is possible.

21 Centre of Full Employment and Equity END OF TALK


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