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Presenter:  Anthony Cowley, Doctor of Philosophy Candidate, College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society

Date: Oct 24, 2019

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Office of Research & Innovation (ORI), Charles Darwin University
T: 08 8946 6548

Location:  Savanna Room - Yellow 1.2.48, Casuarina Campus, CDU

How do the drivers of design and co-design for Federal Government grants affect the welfare of Indigenous Australians?

Anthony Cowley
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate
College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society
Charles Darwin University

Abstract of CoC
This project attempts to understand the major driving influencers of critical decisions including: understanding of relevant legislation or guidelines, agency specific decision making tools and systems, advice derived from staff in national and regional offices and input from the potential recipients of grants in communities.  The thesis uses a mixed methods approach to analyse the values and priorities behind the decision making of public servants in regard to new grant design.   Particular attention is dedicated to decisions regarding if and when co-design principles should be implemented in the design of grants affecting Indigenous peoples.
The thesis presents these findings and proposes systemic and resourcing responses that could be incorporated by agencies to facilitate improved partnership capability in the design of new grants.

Anthony has over 20 years of experience in the Australian Public Service spanning several portfolios including Industry, Education, Health, Social Services and the Australian Public Service Commission. Seventeen of these years have been dedicated to working in Indigenous Australian policy and program delivery areas.