Policy, Submissions & Publications

This section of our website provides information regarding Congress’ submissions to governments, publications and resources developed by Congress based on its expertise in the delivery of Aboriginal primary health care services, and details regarding Congress involvement in vital research working towards improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people.


Congress' submission into the Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition Bill 

Congress' submission to the Senate's Inquiry into Newstart and related payments

Congress' submission to the Productivity Commission's Indigenous Evaluation Strategy

Congress' response to Northern Territory Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework

Congress' response to the NDIS Thin Markets project

Congress' submission On Child Expenditure In the Northern Territory 

Congress' submission to the Economic Policy Scrutiny Committee' Inquiry into the Care And Protection Of Children Amendment Bill

Congress' response to the Productivity Commission's discussion paper on a Public Health Approach To Protecting Children 

Congress' submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into the Social and Emotional Benefits of Improving Mental Health


Congress submission to the Northern Territory Climate Change Strategy

Congress' submission to the Northern Territory Liquor Commission Review of takeaway licence conditions in Alice Springs 

Congress' submission to the National Tobacco Strategy 2018-2026

Congress' input into a National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services

Congress' submission into the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs: Inquiry into Accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia

Congress' submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Inquiry into Local  Adoption

Congress' Position Paper: Changing the Date of Australia Day

Congress' discussion paper on housing and health 

Congress' submission to the Modernisation of the Anti Discrimination Act in response to the discussion paper by the NT Department of the Attorney-General and Justice

Congress' Response to the Draft National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026 

Congress' Input into the Close the Gap Refresh Process January 2018


Congress' submission to inform the Development of the National FASD Strategy 2018 – 2028

Congress' submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission's Inquiry into Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Congress' submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS: Provision of services under the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach

Congress' submission to the Independent Inquiry into Regional, Rural and Remote Education 

Congress' submission to the Northern Territory Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review 

Congress' submission to the Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Strategic Review

Congress' submission to the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023

Congress' submission to Referendum Council on the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples  

Congress' submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

Congress' response to the Productivity Commission’s Reforms to Human Services Issues Paper

Congress' input into the Northern Territory's Remote Indigenous Housing Review

Congress' submission to the National Health Performance Framework Review


Congress' input into the NHMRC's Report on the Evidence: Parenting/caregiving practices and behaviours to promote the social and emotional development and wellbeing of infants

Congress' submission to the Department of Health's Redesigning the Practice Incentive Program consultation

Congress' submission to the Department of Health's Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation

Congress' submission to the Productivity Commission’s Preliminary Findings Report: Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services; Identifying Sectors for Reform

Congress' submission to the Department of Health's Medicare Benefits Schedule Review

Congress: Towards an integrated model for child and family services in Central Australia 

Congress' submission to the Department of Health's Draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan

Congress' advice to the Northern Territory Ombudsman and Commonwealth Government Ombudsman on Aboriginal Interpreting Services


Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee On Law Enforcement Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine (Ice) (December)

Aboriginal communities, alcohol-related harms and the need for an evidence-based approach; Drug and Alcohol Review

Revisiting the ability of Australian primary healthcare services to respond to health inequity Australian Journal of Primary Health (August)
Presentation to the National Aboriginal Health Summit (August)


Congress submission to the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Review (February)

Congress 2014 Federal Budget Briefing

This paper provides an overview of Congress response to the 2014 Federal Budget Announcements. 

CAAC Submission to Legislative Assembly of the NT Select Committee on Action to Prevent Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

CAAC Submission to Senate Inquiry into Health 

CAAC submission to standing committee into IA Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

CAAC Survey submission to National Review of Existing Mental Health Programmes and Services

CAAC Submission to Preliminary Report - NT Workers Compensation Scheme


Integrated Model for Child and Family Services and Submission for Centre Based Approach

Integrated model for Child and Family Services chart


Congress Submission to the Senate Inquiry- Australias domestic response to the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health report - Closing the gap within a generation


Rebuilding family life in Alice Springs and Central Australia: the social and community dimensions of change for our people.
This paper has been released by the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress as a constructive contribution to the debate on the social crisis facing Alice Springs and Central Australia.  It presents powerful ideas as well as concrete strategies for change that we believe can make a real difference for our people.

Congress Logic Model

The Congress Male Health Program. Revitalising Health For All: Learning From Comprehensive Primary Health Care Experiences Project (May)

CAAC Summary of Submission on Youth Suicide

CAAC Proposals for constitutional recognition for Aboriginal people


Submission to the NT Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs - Discussion Paper ‘Home Territory Secure Affordable Housing (November)

CAAC Submission to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment


What Do Aboriginal Women Think Is Good Antenatal Care? Consultation Report (September)

CAAC Reducing the harm from Alcohol, Tobacco and Obesity in Indigenous Communities Key Approaches and Actions


CAAC submission to Improving Maternity Services in Australia ReviewSubmission to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on “Consumer” Engagement strategies

CAAC Submission on the development of a new national Indigenous representative body


The Historical Context of Developing an Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Service: A Social History of the First Ten Years of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress


Statehood Politics and Aboriginal Health Submission to The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, The Northern Territory Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, and The Northern Territory Statehood Steering Committee (November)
The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress submission to Australian and Territory government committees concerned with statehood has two elements. The first is made up of description and analysis of matters related to Northern Territory politics, statehood and Aboriginal wellbeing. This element forms the context for Congress’ specific proposals, the second element in the submission.

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Submission to the Board of Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse (December)


An analysis of the Primary Health Care Access Program in the Northern Territory: A major Aboriginal health policy reform


Combined Submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on: The relevant issues involved in the negotiation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in the Doha Development round of the World Trade Organisation & The proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Australia and the United States (April)


Submission to the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory Select Committee on Substance Abuse in the Community (July)

Congress Discussion Paper: What is Comprehensive Primary Health Care?

This paper provides a review of Congress’s approach to reassert the values, principles and therefore functions of this ACCHO and to then consider how programs express this model.

Treaty & Health Position Paper (July)

Submission to the House of Representative Standing Committee on Aboriginal & Torres Strait islander Affairs- Inquiry into Capacity Building in Indigenous Communities (August)

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Submission: Taskforce on Illicit Drugs (April)

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Inc. Social Justice Principles (November)


Congress Alukura – Women’s Business (February)

A presentation to the 4th Australian Women’s Health Conference Adelaide.

Submission to the NT Aboriginal Family Violence Strategy Evaluation (May)

Indigenous Women’s Health - What can make a difference? (July)

A presentation to the Tenth Advanced Course in Obstetrics, Women’s Reproductive Health and Care of the Newborn, Joint Consultative Committee on Obstetrics.

Central Australian Indigenous Youth Summit Ross River (September)

‘Alcohol In The Alice’ and the Central Australian Division of Primary Health Care (CADPHC) (November)

This story shows how a Division of General Practice became a Division of Primary Health Care and a
critical support for a community campaign on a key public health problem: alcohol in Central Australia.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Comprehensive Primary Health Care: The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress


Implementation of the Primary Health Care Access Program (PHCAP) in four remote health zones in Central Australia in the Northern Territory

Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs: Needs of Urban Dwelling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples - Commonwealth Parliamentary Inquiry (2000)


Text of Oral Submission to the Review of the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act 1976 (February)

Core functions of Aboriginal primary health care, Alice Springs: CAAC


Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs Inquiry Into Indigenous Health (October)

Urinary diagnosis of gonorrhoea and chlamydia in men in remote Aboriginal communities


Congress Alukura by the Grandmothers' Law [online] Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal (April)

The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) was concerned about the effect of current birthing policies in the Northern Territory on the health, welfare and human rights of Aboriginal women and their babies. Alukura Program addresses these concerns by providing clinical service, vocational education and training, liaison service, community education, HIV/AIDS project and Health Promotion resources.


Community Control – What Does It Really Mean?

Building Aboriginal Health from the ground upwards (September)

Rhetoric and reality - Perceptions of the Roles of Aboriginal Health Workers in Central Australia  


Borning Ampe mbwareke pmere alaltye: the Congress Alukura by the grandmother's law / report prepared by the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Further Information

Declaration of Alma-Ata WHO International Conference on Primary Health Care, Alma-Ata, USSR, 6-12 September 1978

Contact Details

For more information regarding a Congress publication, contact communications@caac.org.au.