ATSIC's achievements and strengths: Implications for institutional reform - ATSIC's Achievements and Strengths

Author/editor: Sanders, WG
Year published: 2004
Volume no.: 23
Issue no.: 10


'ATSIC's achievements and strengths: Implications for institutional reform' by Will Sanders.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) has been criticized from many sides in the fifteen years since it was established. But what about ATSIC’s achievements and strengths? CAEPR Fellow Will Sanders argues that, over its fourteen year history, ATSIC has indeed achieved much and displayed considerable strengths. He discusses ATSIC’s achievements and strengths under six headings:

  • political participation of Indigenous people,
  • a national Indigenous voice increasingly independent of government,
  • distinctive, appropriate programs,
  • regionalism,
  • working with States and Territories, and
  • distinctive Torres Strait Islander arrangements.

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