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It’s all good: Implications of environment choice by domestic 4WD travellers in Australia

  • Authors: Taylor, A, Carson, D
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2007

Despite mounting evidence suggesting a growing market overall and a widespread desire for experiential trips centred on the ambient attributes of environments, very little is known about the preferences of…

Indigenising tourism: A story of an Aboriginal-led project in the Northern Territory, Australia

  • Authors: Young, Tamara, McGinnis, Gabrielle, Harvey, Mark
  • Published: 2019

Storytelling is central to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. Aboriginal stories are communicated through various mediums; they are spoken in language, performed in dance and music, and…

Impacts of projected climate change on pasture growth and safe carrying capacities for three extensive grazing land regions in northern Australia

  • Authors: Whish, GL, Cowley, RA, Pahl, LI, Scanlan, JC, MacLeod, ND
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

The northern beef industry is a major component of the regional economies of Queensland, Northern Territory and northern Western Australia, and has contributed an estimated $5 billion to Australia’s economy…

Bridging the gap between responses to elder abuse and responses to family and domestic violence in rural and remote communities

  • Authors: Warren, Amy, Blundell, Barbara
  • Publisher: Family & Relationship Services Australia
  • Published: 2018

Elder abuse has been recognised as a significant social issue in recent years. Though the vast majority of reported elder abuse is perpetrated by family members, it is often not…

The limits to inter-business collaboration in remote tourism regions: The implications of a case study in northern Australia

  • Author: Tremblay, Pascal
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2010

The paper questions the nature of inter-business collaboration in tourism and assesses critically perspectives that seem to take for granted that greater collaboration is necessarily beneficial to tourism destination systems,…

A theory of enhancement of professional learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre-service teachers in very remote communities through mobile learning

  • Author: Townsend, P
  • Publisher: University of Technology Sydney
  • Published: 2016

A theory of enhancement of professional learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre-service teachers in very remote communities through mobile learning

Using complex adaptive systems to investigate Aboriginal-tourism relationships in Purnululu National Park: Exploring the role of capital

  • Authors: Strickland-Munro, Jennifer, Moore, Susan A, Allison, Helen
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2010

Resource management systems such as national parks are complex and dynamic with strong interdependencies between their human and ecological components. Their management has become more difficult as scale, impacts and…

Ground cover monitoring for Australia - establishing a nationally coordinated approach to ground cover mapping

  • Authors: Stewart, JB., Rickards, JE., Bordas, VM., Randall, LA., Thackway, RM.
  • Published: 2011

Ground cover is the vegetation, biological crusts and stones in contact with the soil surface. It has a significant impact on the amount of soil redistributed or lost through wind…

“Locked out” and “left behind”: Aboriginal Adult English Literacy and Numeracy in Northern Territory – a call for collective action

  • Authors: Allison Stewart, Lorraine Sushames, Fiona Shalley
  • Publisher: Australian Council for Adult Literacy
  • Published: 2017

Northern Territory (NT) government policy acknowledges the “need for active participation by all people, including Indigenous people, for the north to achieve ongoing prosperity.” However the majority of Aboriginal adults…

Proceedings of the National Indigenous Homelessness Forum

  • Author: Standing Committee on Indigenous Housing
  • Publisher: Standing Committee on Indigenous Housing
  • Published: 2003

Presentations : Day one: Cultural dimensions of homelessness / Kerry Reed-Gilbert -- Measuring Indigenous homelessness issues / Vivien Durkay, Leanne Stromen -- Understanding homelessness in rural and remote locations /…

“I never feel like I’m doing my job properly, I never feel like I’m doing my job”: The remote school, the market, and the early-career teacher

  • Author: Stacey, Meghan
  • Published: 2016

This presentation draws on data from a larger research project investigating the relationship between marketization of schooling and the experiences of early-career teachers in their places of work. In this…

Identifying strategies for promoting VET to higher education transitions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners

  • Authors: Smith, James, Pechenkina, Katya (Ekaterina), Gunstone, Andrew, Frawley, Jack
  • Published: 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Higher Education (HE) is significantly lower than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rates (Behrendt et al. 2012). National data indicates that Aboriginal and…

What do we know about remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community engagement?: Implications for research and strategy development in tertiary education settings

  • Authors: Smith, James, Larkin, Steven, Yibarbuk, Dean, Olcay, Millie, Guenther, John
  • Published: 2016

Genuine community engagement is heralded as an important process when engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in discussion about education. This has been repeatedly emphasised in numerous policy documents,…

Understanding the aspirations of remote Aboriginal communities to pursue further education: The benefits of collaborative research

  • Authors: Smith, James, Fisher, Simon, Langdon, Jimmy, Katakrinja, Elizabeth, Shannon, Valda, Shannon, Geoffrey, Yibarbuk, Dean, Olcay, Millie, Boton, Eliani, Stewart, Allison, Moore, Terry, Larkin, Steven
  • Published: 2016

It is well documented that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are under-represented in Australian universities. This was highlighted in the Behrendt Review (2012) with a range of social, cultural,…

Connecting the sustainable livelihoods approach and Tourism: A Review of the Literature toward integrative thinking

  • Authors: Shen, F, Hughey, K, Simmons, D
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2008

Tourism has been increasingly used for, and directly linked with, rural poverty reduction in developing countries. However, the application, and to an extent the principles, of the widely used organising…

Emergency management opportunities for remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia

  • Authors: Sangha, Kamaljit, Edwards, Andrew, Russel-Smith, Jeremy
  • Published: 2018

Despite frequent exposure to severe natural hazards including extensive bushfires, tropical cyclones and floods, remote Indigenous communities across northern Australia typically have little engagement in managing, mitigating or planning for…

Case Study: Conservative stocking on the Fitzroy River floodplain; Jubilee Downs and Quanbun Downs, central Kimberley Western Australia

  • Authors: Ryan, K, Huey, AM, Novelly, P, Anderson, K.
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

Keith and Karen Anderson and family run a breeder operation on Jubilee Downs and Quanbun Downs in the Fitzroy Valley of Western Australia (18°21' S, 125°18'E) . These adjacent pastoral…

Tourism on the periphery - developing a viable tourism industry in Cooktown

  • Authors: Prideaux, B, Thompson, M.
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2018

Remote settlements face many challenges in striving to achieve a sustainable local economy. The aim of this paper is to identify key barriers that many remote communities face in adopting…

The future of remote Indigenous outstations: Options for living well on country after the bulldozers come

  • Author: Parnell, M
  • Publisher: Architecture_Media_Politics_Society
  • Published: 2016

Indigenous community governance in Australia is currently undergoing a change through an emerging economically rationalist approach, as promoted by Australian Federal, State and Territory Governments. This approach characterises outstation life…

Systematic management of stocking rates improves performance of northern Australian cattle properties in a variable climate

  • Authors: Pahl, LI, Scanlan, JC, Whish, GL, Cowley, RA, MacLeod, ND
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

The risks for extensive cattle properties in the rangelands of northern Australia arising from high inter-annual rainfall variability are predominantly managed through adjustments in stocking rates (SR). This modelling study…

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