Mapping of government-funded services

A commitment to making government-funded services outcome-focused and more responsive to the differing needs and circumstances of regions and communities is central to regional services reform.

State agencies typically operate in silos within a region, providing disconnected services to common clients. Policies and programs do not always take into account the significant differences in demographics, geography, environment and the economy in the regions, or the differences between regions.

To support structural solutions for regional service delivery, the State Government has mapped government direct service provision expenditure and wellbeing outcomes in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. This will inform and facilitate work between government agencies, other organisations and communities on developing place-based service systems.

The maps present outcomes and expenditure information according to the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage (OID) indicator framework, which aims to measure the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The framework, used in the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators Report published by the Productivity Commission, is based on evidence about the underlying causes of disadvantage, and the positive factors that contribute to wellbeing.

This mapping is the first systematic, comprehensive approach used in Australia to mapping Indigenous expenditure and outcomes across geographical regions. Analyses until now have been based on national, State, Territory or individual locations. The data collated through this project will provide a baseline of government expenditure and outcomes in the Kimberley and the Pilbara.

Visit the Expenditure mapping page.

Visit the Outcomes mapping page.


Review of mapping service expenditure and outcomes in the Pilbara and the Kimberley - as part of this project, the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Social Impact undertook analysis of the data collated and have presented their findings in a report. This report presents a sub-regional analysis of government direct service provision expenditure on Indigenous peoples, together with Indigenous outcomes in the Kimberley and Pilbara.

Explanation notes  - provide background information on geographic level interpretation, data suppression and explain any anomalies in data collection.

Full list of caveats - outline concerns of considering outcomes and expenditure together and/or attributing causal links between the data.

Glossary - list of key terms and abbreviations.

Footnote: Caution should be taken when considering outcomes and expenditure and attributing causal links between outcomes and expenditure. Please refer to the caveats provided on each map.

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Last reviewed: 19 Oct 2017