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Scholarship for research into Indigenous affairs system

By Leanne Coleman

CDU Library Research Services Coordinator Jayshree Mamtora presents Kevin Dolman with his scholarship CDU Library Research Services Coordinator Jayshree Mamtora presents Kevin Dolman with his scholarship

A PhD student with the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education has been awarded the inaugural Charles Darwin University Library Sage Publishers Asia Pacific Scholarship for an Indigenous Research Student.

Kevin Dolman, who is Eastern Arrernte, is undertaking his research on a previous national reform of the Indigenous affairs system and will use the scholarship to progress key aspects of his work.

“My research involves a case study of the Council of Australian Government’s Trial Sites Project that occurred from 2002 to 2006,” Mr Dolman said.

“My aim is to identify any recurring public administration or governance issues that may be hindering the efficiency and effectiveness of the Australian Indigenous affairs system, which was estimated by the Productivity Commission to be more than $25 billion in 2010-2011.”

Mr Dolman said he hoped his research would assist in improving the quality of policy evaluation by all stakeholders involved in the Indigenous affairs system.