Assessment one: Case study

Read and reflect on the article: Response to a Path Forward: Developing the Western Australian Government’s Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy. This can be accessed from your Blackboard unit. Using the menu on the left, navigate to Assessments > Assessment 1: Case Study.

You are then required to write a 1,000 - 1,200 word response on the importance of understanding and respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Below is some guidance on searching for information sources to support your case study.

General search tips

Check out the Recommended sources listed below. The articles, report and news source have been identified for you as being highly relevant for this assignment. Save yourself some time and read them - it’ll give you a head start!

Academic journal articles are mostly held behind paywalls (a method of restricting your access to paid content) so you won’t be able to find them through Google. Search for information through the library’s catalogue and databases to find what you need and watch these short videos.

Read the assignment questions and the marking rubric carefully. These will give you information that will help you develop an effective search, make sure you’re using the right kinds of evidence (like journal articles!), and addressing all necessary questions.

These sources provide a starting point for assignment one but you should also do your own research, particularly if you are looking for higher marks. You’ll find some research tips in the next section, Research tips for assessment one.

Hunt, Janet, Brad Riley, Lily O’Neil and Ganur Maynard. 2021. “Transition to Renewable Energy and Indigenous People in Northern Australia: Enhancing or Inhibiting.” Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 22 (2): 360-378. https://doi.org/10.1080/19452829.2021.1901670.

Why use it? This is a highly relevant academic journal article, written by the same authors responsible for the government submission on which this assignment is based. Here, they explore the concepts raised in the submission document in a more academic way, exploring the impact of energy reliability on remote West Australian Aboriginal communities, as well as the benefits and challenges of transitioning to renewable energy sources.


Buergelt, Petra T., Elaine L. Maypilama, Julia McPhee, Galathi Dhurrkay, Shirley Nirrpuranydji, Sylvia Mänydjurrpuy, Marrayurra Wunungmurra, Timophy Skinner, Anne Lowell, and Simon Moss. 2017. “Working Together with Remote Indigenous Communities to Facilitate Adapting to Using Energy Wisely: Barriers and Enablers.” Energy Procedia 121: 262-269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.08.026.

Why use it? This article provides useful context that will support you to understand the energy challenges that remote Aboriginal communities face. Importantly, some of the researchers are Indigenous, enhancing their credibility and the participation of Indigenous people in the study. In this article, you will find the introduction most useful for your assignment.

Energy Consumers Australia. 2019. Energy in Remote Indigenous Communities. Queensland, Australia: Energy Consumers Australia. https://energyconsumersaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/D2-Energy-for-remote-Indigenous-communities.pdf

Why use it? This report, produced by an independent energy interest group, summarises key research and identifies organisations related to energy provision for remote Indigenous communities. Though it is largely focused on Queensland, there is still relevance for the Western Australian context, particularly when you consider the similarity of the climate across Northern Australia. The key issues section introduces some unique challenges that Aboriginal people face in relation to their access to energy.

Sahinyazan, Feyza G., and Serasu Duran. 2021. “Why renewable energy ‘mini-grids’ in remote communities fail and how to avoid it.” The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/why-renewable-energy-mini-grids-in-remote-communities-fail-and-how-to-avoid-it-164231.

Why use it? At first glance, this article focusing on Canadian remote communities may not seem relevant for this assignment; however, there are a lot of similarities in the challenges of energy access facing Indigenous populations living in remote areas all over the world. This article details some of the issues of powering remote communities, not connected to energy grids, and outlines some of the challenges of transitioning these communities to more sustainable power. The Conversation, the news organisation responsible for this article, largely publishes content written by academics, so it’s more credible than other news sources.

Research tips for assessment one

The recommended sources provided are an excellent starting point for assignment one, and you can use them to locate additional useful sources. This is done by linking to the references included, and exploring those studies for more information.

Watch this short video which demonstrates how to search for a source included in a reference list:




Energy impact on rural and remote communities

The first question to consider for your case study is how energy can impact indigenous people in rural and remote communities of Western Australia and considerations when planning for reliable energy production.

Recommended databases: Library catalogue, ProQuest, Taylor & Francis, Wiley

Recommended source types: Journal articles, books

Recommended keywords:

  • Energy OR electricity OR power supply AND rural OR remote AND Western Australia
  • Energy policy OR energy planning AND rural OR remote AND Indigenous OR Aboriginal AND Australia

There are a number of online sources relating to energy production projects in rural and remote communities. Try a Google search for: energy supply AND rural OR remote AND indigenous OR aboriginal site:au to find some relevant websites. These sources may not be suitable to include in your assignment - you will need to assess their quality and credibility before deciding whether to include them (check out our guide on Evaluating sources and lateral reading for tips. In either case, they may be helpful for background reading and to find keywords for your searches.

Potential impact on education, health, housing, employment and business

The second question focuses on the potential impact that energy has on education, health housing, employment and business of rural and remote communities. You will also need to consider renewable energy sources.

Recommended databases: Library catalogue, ProQuest, Taylor & Francis, Wiley

Recommended source types: Journal articles, books

Recommended keywords:

  • Energy insecurity AND Aboriginal OR Indigenous AND Australia
  • Electricity supply OR power supply AND rural OR remote AND housing AND Australia
  • Renewable energy AND rural OR remote AND Aboriginal OR Indigenous AND Australia
  • Aboriginal OR Indigenous AND Australia AND renewable energy OR clean energy