Welcome to Community Door's resources on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Across key social and economic indicators Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland consistently experience the highest level of disadvantage. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are over-represented in the justice and child protection systems, they experience lower educational and training attainment, have lower incomes and higher unemployment rates, and experience a higher burden of poor health and injury across all of the life-stages.

Find more information on mental health issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This section of Community Door provides access to organisations working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander space, along with useful information and resources.

The Gundoo Day Care Centre in Cherbourg have been working with the Indigenous Professional Support Unit from QCOSS over the last two years. They were recently featured in The First Nations Telegraph for their excellent visioning and planning workshops. Find out more: click here
This paper reviews the evidence on effective and culturally appropriate mental health and social and emotional wellbeing programs and services for Indigenous people in Australia. It identifies what works, what doesn't, and the gaps in the research evidence. Background information is also included...
Using the latest available data and research, this paper provides estimates of the likely economic and social benefits of increasing Indigenous employment to the same level as in the non-Indigenous population. It was commissioned by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to help inform...
The first national survey of Aborigin al and Torres Strait Islander young people's sexual health has just been published. The Goanna Survey looked at knowledge, risk practices and health service access of just under 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 16 to 29 from all...
Housing reforms in remote Indigenous communities have resulted in a variety of tenancy management arrangements involving state, community and private housing sectors. This project identified different models of tenancy management, considered their housing outcomes, and shared the policy and...
Andrew Forrest’s final report in the review of Indigenous Training and Employment Programmes has been published. The report places emphasis on early learning and highlights the importance of early childhood intervention, education and care in determining long-term educational and employment...
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has provided the first in a series of publications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey. In this publication you can access TableBuilder , an online tool that allows you to create tables and graphs from the survey data
University of Melbourne researchers have found that Indigenous school attendance improved when there was a threat that the Federal Government would cut welfare payments if children didn’t go to school. However, when it became apparent that ceasing welfare payments would not occur, school attendance...
The National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University has published a report titled Drinking in the suburbs: The experiences of Aboriginal young people. The report came about as Perth-based Aboriginal organisation Maamba expressed concern about their young people consuming alcohol and getting...
Cairns-based youth service YETI (Youth Empowered Towards Independence) has published a research report titled Dignity, Diversion, Hope and Hope: A review of interventions for volatile substance misuse in regional North Queensland. This research report involved interviews with youth and AOD workers...

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