What are the enablers of economic participation in remote and very remote Australia, and how can we identify them?

Eva McRae-Williams, John Guenther, D Jacobsen, Judith Lovell

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    Abstract

    In this paper we discuss some of the key learnings from the Cooperative Research Centre
    for Remote Economic Participation (CRC REP), Remote Economic Participation, Pathways
    to Employment and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism Product research projects.
    While we do not deny the importance of global markets for remote Australians, we see value in
    opportunity structures that move beyond the confines of traditional economic and human capital
    theories. It is through acknowledging and building on local residents’ social, identity, cultural
    and natural capital strengths that, we argue, has a greater potential for supporting increased
    economic engagement and sustainable participation. Framing our learnings through a theoretical
    lens of different forms of capital we argue a shift in discourse from one of ‘disadvantage’ to
    one of remote advantage would be more supportive of education, employment and enterprise
    outcomes for local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander residents. While such a shift will not
    contribute significantly to the Gross National Product we argue that it would have important
    tangible and economic benefits for local people and the nation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6-25
    Number of pages21
    JournalLearning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts
    Volume19
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

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