Release of the Productivity Commission’s Indigenous Evaluation Strategy
The Productivity Commission has released the Indigenous Evaluation Strategy (the Strategy), which sets out a new, whole-of-government approach to evaluating both Indigenous-specific and mainstream policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The objective of the Strategy is to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by having policy and program decisions informed by high-quality and relevant evaluation evidence.
AudA provided two submissions to the Productivity Commission during the development of the Strategy. Key points in AudA’s submissions included:
(1) AudA’s strong support for the:
* Productivity Commission’s proposal to establish an Office of Indigenous Policy Evaluation and Indigenous Evaluation Council, as well as the proposed Actions to support an evaluation culture.
* Development and use of appropriate Indigenous data governance arrangements to support Indigenous data sovereignty.
(2) That consideration be given to Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander hearing health as a priority (including those priorities listed within the Roadmap for Hearing Health) within the Strategy.
(3) A recommendation that Australian Government agencies undertake a stocktake of existing policies and programs in partnership with Aboriginal Peak Bodies to align with the principles of self-determination and include state and territory government funded projects to minimise funding of duplicative programs.
The Indigenous Evaluation Strategy can be viewed here.
AudA’s 2020 submission to the Productivity Commission can be viewed here.
AudA’s 2019 submission to the Productivity Commission can be viewed here.