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Demography as destiny: schooling, work and Aboriginal population change at Wadeye

Posted on: 12 April, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 2, April 2010 - June 2010
Related to Policies Population Education Social issues Employment

J. Taylor (2010)
Demography as destiny: schooling, work and Aboriginal population change at Wadeye. (CAEPR Working Paper Series No. 64/2010)
Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

This paper explores the capacity of the Indigenous population of Wadeye, in the Northern Territory, to maximise income, savings and investments through the pending demographic transition where the majority of the Indigenous population will be of working age. Given current levels of Indigenous education, workforce participation and productivity, the danger is that the opportunity for Indigenous families and communities to capitalise on this population structural change may be foregone. This issue is examined by establishing interactions between population change, educational outcomes and workforce participation among the Indigenous residents of Wadeye. It stresses two principal challenges to achieve optimal outcomes, including: restoring participation in schooling to best prepare the younger generations; and providing work opportunities for the older population that have had limited exposure to formal education.

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