A new survey has found that many Indigenous Australians are not ready to embrace change, but are instead focusing on the status quo.
The Essential Findings, conducted by the Indigenous Advisory Council of Australia, found that only 27 per cent of those surveyed said they wanted to make a change, and only 16 per cent said they would be willing to make such a change.
While those who responded “strongly” agreed that Indigenous Australians should be more engaged with changing the country, a clear majority of those who said they felt it was not possible to change the country said they did not want to make change.
The survey found that the majority of Indigenous Australians were in favour of more investment in infrastructure, infrastructure that will create jobs, and infrastructure that supports Indigenous people, but the majority felt that “nothing would happen”.
In the poll, 70 per cent agreed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were the “only ones” in Australia who needed more infrastructure.
The results come after the government last month announced a new Indigenous education policy that will see Indigenous students take part in their first grade courses in 2019.
“It’s time for change,” said Jacqueline Wilson, the chair of the council.
“It’s the first step towards an end to the violence.
But the problem is we’re not seeing it, we’re just not seeing the change.””
I’m not saying there won’t be some change.
But the problem is we’re not seeing it, we’re just not seeing the change.”
The council, which was formed to advise the government on Indigenous issues, has released the results of the survey after an inquiry into Indigenous children’s mental health was launched in November.
Ms Wilson said the council wanted to highlight the importance of Aboriginal and Indigenous education.
“This is a country where there’s a large number of Indigenous people who are enrolled in the tertiary system, and we don’t know what they’re learning, what their experiences are, what they see.”
What we know is they’re not learning the basics and they’re seeing these young people, these young children, being discriminated against in the education system.
“We have a responsibility to them to have a better life, a better education.”