Improving economic participation to overcome Indigenous disadvantage

14 June 2021

Inaugural UQ Economics Thought Leadership event

The Productivity Commission released its report Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2020 on 3 December 2020. The report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across a range of indicators, including education and training, healthy lives, economic participation, and safe and supportive communities.

While the report highlighted areas where outcomes have improved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, many challenges remain to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.

Our leading academic experts in economic policy deliver their analysis and insights on how to improve wellbeing through the economic participation indicators outlined in the report.

The University of Queensland Economics Thought Leadership series aims to inspire, influence and promote innovative ideas and insights. We are looking forward to you being part of this important conversation.


Meet the presenters

Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer

Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer UQ
Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer is a Saltwater woman, with family ties to the Darug, Awabakal, Garigal and Wiradyuri peoples, of NSW. Dr Leroy-Dye’rs current research areas include: Closing the Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in Education and Employment, Labour Market disadvantage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment strategies, Managing Diversity in Organisations, Employment Relations and the importance of unions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander labour history, Corporate Social responsibility / Corporate Governance / Student association governance, Indigenous Entrepreneurship / Indigenous Leadership, Indigenous Enabling education & Indigenous HDR success.

Robynne Quiggin

Professor Robynne Quiggin UTS
Professor Robynne Quiggin is Associate Dean (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) at UTS Business School and Law Faculty. She is a Wiradyuri lawyer who has worked on legal and policy issues of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including business, investment, financial services, consumer issues, human rights, governance, rights to culture, heritage and the arts. She currently chairs the Board of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office, is a member of Supply Nation’s board, and a member of the Steering Committee of the recently launched Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative Roadmap.

Flavio Menezes

Professor Flavio Menezes UQ
Flavio Menezes is a Professor of Economics at The University of Queensland and works in the fields of market design and auction theory, incentives, regulation and competition. He was head of the School of Economics from January 2009 to January 2015. He joined UQ in June 2006, after more than a decade at the Australian National University, where amongst other responsibilities he was the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre of Regulatory Economics. Flavio was also a part-time Vice-President with the Regulatory Economics and Public Policy Practice at CRA International in Canberra.

John Quiggin

Professor John Quiggin UQ
Professor John Quiggin is an economist and an Australian Laureate Fellow in Economics at the University of Queensland.He is prominent both as a research economist and as a commentator on Australian economic policy. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and many other learned societies and institutions. He has produced over 1500 publications, including six books and over 200 refereed journal articles, in fields including decision theory, environmental economics, production economics, and the theory of economic growth.