The purpose of this research project is to explore employment of poor and non-poor aboriginals in urban areas between Australia and Taiwan. The major research method is the secondary data analysis. The data sources include the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) in Australia and the 2008 Aboriginals’ Employment and Living Condition Survey in Taipei County of Taiwan. These two surveys were conducted during the global financial crisis or ‘tsunami’; therefore, the datasets also provide the information on the level of severity of employment problems among poor aboriginals in urban areas of each society. The implications of the research findings are two-fold: (1) understanding and explaining employment of poor and non-poor aboriginals; and (2) examining how government policies affected poor and non-poor aboriginals’ labour force status and their economic conditions in the two societies.
Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)