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“We in the Torres Strait welcome this publication from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the data and information that it contains about the Torres Strait region, its communities and people.
Resources such as the statistics and trends presented in this compilation assists the Torres Strait Regional Authority, along with other key service delivery organisations to strengthen planning and provide improved services by understanding more clearly the social circumstances of our people.
It is through this understanding that funding investments targeted to improving outcomes are able to be more effectively targeted based on future needs.
This statistical resource also provides an important basis for developing and designing policies and programs that seek to improve social, economic, health and well-being outcomes for residents of the Torres Strait region.
On behalf of the TSRA, I also welcome the efforts of the ABS to return data and information to the communities from which it is sourced, and look forward to working closely with the ABS, our leaders, and other peak organisations to increase the level of understanding and use of our statistics to determine evidence-based policies.”
Napau Pedro Stephen AM
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