Occasional seminar: A Cost Benefit Analysis of the Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Committee - the economic case for local dispute management services

Monday, 1 June 2015

12:30pm to 2:00pm

The Mabo Room
51 Lawson Cresent, Acton
Australian Capital Territory

In 2010 Yuendumu was wracked by conflict.  The Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Committee (YM&JC) is an innovative, responsive and highly effective Indigenous designed and driven initiative that has succeeded in restoring stability and harmony to the community.  It has played a powerful role in breaking cycles of disadvantage, distress and suffering caused by unmanaged community conflict and is a positive and compelling example of the drive, vision and commitment of Aboriginal people in Central Australia to take control and responsibility for matters in their community and their effectiveness and skill in doing so.   

In 2014 a cost benefit analysis (CBA) showed that YM&JC returned economic benefits that far exceeded its economic costs.  CBA is a powerful tool that is widely used by governments to evaluate the impact of projects on the economic welfare.  This seminar explores the importance of conflict management as the foundation for community resilience and efficacy and the effectiveness of CBA as an evaluation tool.

About the presenters

Anne Daly is a Professor of Economics at the University of Canberra. She has undertaken research work on Indigenous issues for over 20 years focusing on labour force participation, education and family. This has involved both desk-based work and community-based activities.

Greg Barrett is an economist and former lecturer at the University of Canberra where he taught Cost Benefit Analysis for many years. He has produced several cost benefit analyses on issues such as a heath project in Fiji, Indigenous land rights in Victoria and an Indigenous mediation project in the Northern Territory.

Rhiân Williams is a mediator.  She has worked on mediation research projects with AIATSIS and the Federal Court of Australia. In 2014 she supported Warlpiri people in Willowra to develop a group of local mediators modelled on the Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Committee and collaborated with Anne and Greg on the CBA.

Watch the presentation below:

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