Reports and publications (published elsewhere)

Food security in remote Indigenous communities

Posted on: 13 October, 2014
Issue: Vol 14 No 4, October 2014 – December 2014
Related to Nutrition Policies Remote

Pratt S, DeMamiel M, Reye K, Huey A, Pope A (2014)
Food security in remote Indigenous communities
Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

This report from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) evaluates the effectiveness of the implementation of the Federal Government’s food security initiatives for remote Indigenous communities.

Improving the ability of people in remote Indigenous communities to maintain a reasonable and ongoing level of access to a range of food, drink and grocery items that is reasonably priced, safe and of sufficient quantity and quality to meet nutritional and related household needs is recognised as an important contributor to improving Indigenous people’s health status. In line with Australian Government policy, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) (and prior to that, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs), has implemented initiatives designed to improve food security for Indigenous Australians living in remote communities, predominantly in the Northern Territory (NT).

The audit takes into consideration the implementation of the National strategy for food security in remote Indigenous communities (the Strategy), the management of the Community stores licensing scheme and the management of funding programs supporting selected food security initiatives in the NT.

The report concludes that, even acknowledging the relatively recent transfer of Indigenous affairs responsibility to the DPMC, overall, the administration of food security initiatives over time has been mixed.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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