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Indigenous temporary mobilities and service delivery in regional service centres: A West Kimberley case study

Posted on: 28 May, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 2, April 2010 - June 2010
Related to Cultural ways Population Rural Western Australia

Prout S, Yap M (2010)
Indigenous temporary mobilities and service delivery in regional service centres: a West Kimberley case study.
Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Through the use of both qualitative and quantitative data this report examines the impact of temporary Indigenous population mobility on the provision of effective service delivery in regional service centres. It gives consideration to the mobility networks of Indigenous people and focuses on the West Kimberley as a case study to explore this population dynamic. It describes the nature of the population movement unique to this area and offers suggestions for policy makers and service providers to apply what is known for developing services to better meet the population characteristics of this area.

The report is structured into three main areas, the first describes local and historical aspects of the economy and demography in the area. The second focuses on the case study which uses administrative education data from primary schools and local narratives including interviews with services deliverers to examine the incidence, duration and direction of the population. The final area evaluates existing service delivery and offers considerations for best practice to engage with highly mobile populations. It identifies wider data collection implications for service delivery and resource allocation.

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