Robyne Cuerel

Indigenous less reliant on welfare but incarceration worsens

ADULT incarceration rates continue to worsen for indigenous Australians, despite progress on jobs and education, the latest report on overcoming indigenous disadvantage reveals.

The Productivity Commission is the three-yearly update on the myriad social and economic disadvantages indigenous Australians face, and measures progress on some key issues.

It revealed nationwide indigenous Australians were earning higher incomes and were less reliant on income support than three years ago.

The report also noted increased life expectancy and lower child mortality rates, but found rates of disability, chronic disease and mental health problems were still "of concern".

It also found virtually "no change" in literacy and numeracy results at school, despite more indigenous people completing university degrees.

Rates of incarceration of indigenous Australians also increased and there was no change in the high rates of juvenile detention and family and community violence.

- APN NEWSDESK



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