Our North, Whose Future?

McRae-Williams, Eva and Guenther, John (2016) Our North, Whose Future? In: Developing Northern Australia Conference 2016, 20-22 June2016, Darwin.

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Abstract

In this paper we use key learnings from the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC REP), Remote Education Systems and Pathways to Employment research projects to critique the white paper on Developing the North and the potential of such a future to unleash the norths potential. With very little about how to maximise the values of Aboriginal peoples or even a recognition of the availability of an Aboriginal workforce, we ask how this traditionally orientated development proposal will build strengths and capacities within the North, not simply contribute to Gross National Product (GNP). From a strong research base we highlight flawed assumptions behind current Aboriginal employment strategies and what does and does not work in terms of local Aboriginal workforce development. Through this we point to an extensive gap in innovation with industry and entrepreneurial activity limited to five growth sectors. Finally, drawing on the results and implications of our respective research projects, we propose some ways in which industries, regulators, legislators and government sponsored innovation initiatives could respond to better harness the latent potential of Aboriginal peoples and communities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Field of Research: 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 03:52
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 03:52
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/576

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