Between places: Indigenous mobility in remote and rural Australia

Between places: Indigenous mobility in remote and rural Australia Report

AHURI Positioning Paper

  • Author(s): Memmott, P, Long, S, Bell, M, Taylor, J, Brown, D
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Queensland Research Centre

Abstract: It has been argued that the main determinant of change in local population size and composition in Australia is internal migration – a fundamental force “shaping and modifying the pattern of human settlement…with significant impacts on the demand for services” (Newton & Bell 1996:1). While this may be the case, there exists a range of factors and aspirations that shape and influence the movements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and populations. In many instances the act of moving is secondary to these motivations for moving. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mobility can be described as an epiphenomenon that reflects the setting within which people live and their situation (Young & Doohan 1989:32- 38). The aim of this project is to develop a better understanding of Indigenous perspectives, experiences of and aspirations for mobility in remote and rural Australia, in order to influence current and future programs and policies that facilitate or inhibit the types of mobility that Indigenous people wish to enjoy. The project considers various spatial (intra-settlement, intra-regional, inter-regional) and temporal (short-term, long-term) scales of mobility that involve a range of settlement types. The study will seek to determine the extent of such movements and any causal factors that underlie them.

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Memmott, P, Long, S, Bell, M, Taylor, J, Brown, D, 2004, Between places: Indigenous mobility in remote and rural Australia, Report, viewed 12 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=5501.

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