The Yuendumu Community Case Study

TitleThe Yuendumu Community Case Study
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsMusharbash Y
EditorSmith D
Book TitleIndigenous Families and the Welfare System: Two Community Case Studies. Research Monograph No. 17
PublisherCentre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), ANU
KeywordsC - Central Australia and South-west Gulf, Discrete Settlements, Generated, Very Remote Australia

This chpter presents a detailed analysis of quantitatve and qualitative data about the effectiveness and appropriateness of policy frameworks and the delivery of welfare services and income payments to families with children in the remote community of Yuendumu, Central Australia. (Musharbash 2000:53.) This chapter commences with an overview of Yuendumu including population, socio-spatial patterns, and services. The welfare economy at Yuendumu is described including a description of pressures to share and attempts to save income. Musharbash describes household structures and compositions and starts by arguing that Indigneous households are fluid and hard to define. She introduces the possibility of multiple households existing within one dwelling. The role of demand sharing is described and the relationship between residential mobility, dmeand sharing and economic vialbility. Musharbash describes a housing shortage in Yuendumu and observes a link between residential mobility and this shortage. Musharbash observed overcrowding as a motivator of mobility and she describes mobility response to the death of a household member. Musharbash (2000:62) illustrates the difficulty with using ABS definitions of visitor in Indigenous context. She argues that at Yuendumu visitors are more accurately defined as usual residents, and that some usual residents often use a number of home bases. Musharbash (2000:63) observes that children in particular have many places to stop at. An overview of child health and nutrition, childrens daily life, relationships between adults and children, child care arrangements and children and money is provided. The nature of access to centrelink services is described. The chapter concludes with a set of proposed targeted Indigenous Families and the Welfare System: Two Community Case Studies, (ed) D.Smith, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University, Canberra. Research Monograph No. 17.