New Public Management, Aboriginal Organisations, and Indigenous Rights

This project aims to understand links between recent new public management reforms, particularly in New South Wales, and the operation and capacity of successful urban Aboriginal organisations. The project will include an analysis of case studies from other international jurisdictions (such as New Zealand and Canada). Urban Aboriginal organisations have a distinctive role in society about urban Aboriginal peoples and their rights to self-determination and community development. The outcomes from this project will provide evidence-based research to improve public policy understandings of the distinct role Urban Aboriginal organisations play in society, as well as insights from international comparative research.

Researchers: Associate Professor Karen Soldatic (ICS), Dr Deirdre Howard-Wagner (Australian National University), Associate Professor Janet Hunt (Australian National University)

Funding: Australian Research Council, Discovery Project (via Australian National University)

Period: 2018–2023