Since our formation, Cape York Institute has been at the forefront of Indigenous policy and is widely recognised as Australia’s leading Indigenous think-tank.
Good policy and effective programmes are vital drivers of change. Understanding the things that people want to change and delivering outcomes is our core focus. Alongside this, we work to convince governments and lead national conversations to bring about a better future for the people of Cape York. Driven by the Cape York Agenda we work to shift ‘business as usual’ approaches to Indigenous affairs. We accept that we are endeavouring to solve ‘wicked problems’ that are impervious to change and are extremely interconnected. We know that when we make progress in one area, we often expose issues in other areas. Inspired and informed by the thinking of old people and past Cape York leaders, we develop policies that will empower Indigenous people to be the architects of their own futures. Uniquely, our policy development is centrally influenced by our real-world experience in Cape York, including through our O-Hubs, Cape York Employment, the Cape York Leaders Program, the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy and the Family Responsibilities Commission.
Cape York Institute’s principal focus is in three areas:
We partner with Indigenous people, governments, universities and the private sector to develop and deliver more effective ways forward. We take the best of the lessons provided from:
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF CAPE YORK
ON-THE-GROUND PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION
Our work is inspired and informed by the thinking of old people and past Cape York leaders. We continue to work closely with Cape York leaders today. At the heart of our work is the need to empower Indigenous people so that they can truly be the architects of their own futures.
We look both nationally and internationally at various successful approaches to development, and adapt and apply the lessons learnt for the Cape York context.
Including through our close work with the O-Hubs, Cape York Employment, the Cape York Leaders Program, the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy and the Family Responsibilities Commission. We recognise that success in this area depends on innovation and learning from real world experience.