Abstract: This report focuses on issues important for the sustainability and development of the Anmatjere region of central Australia and for the livelihoods of its people. People from the region and other stakeholders had raised the issue of participation in paid employment as a key to the future of the region. We studied local people’s participation in paid employment, and the factors that affect this participation, in the context of their livelihoods, all the other activities they pursue, and their aspirations. We interviewed 72 people in four of the region’s settlements, all adjacent to the Stuart Highway, and in nearby localities, and we conducted focus groups and a workshop to further develop and test analysis. We used the sustainable livelihoods framework to structure the interviews and analysis. The framework encourages consideration of the many diverse factors that impact on people’s livelihoods, rather than only focusing on immediate factors that constrain or facilitate people’s entry into jobs, such as transport or skills. A sustainable livelihood should build people’s capability: their ability to lead lives they have reason to value and to make substantive choices about their values and the course of their lives.
Davies, J, Maru, YT, Hueneke, H, Grey-Gardner, R, Chewings, VH , 2010, Outback livelihoods: employment, sustainable livelihoods and development in Anmatjere region, central Australia, Volume:61, Report, viewed 05 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4924.