Jon Altman is an emeritus professor of the Australian National University (ANU) currently with the Regulatory Institutions Network in the College of Asia and the Pacific. Trained in economics and anthropology, from 1990–2010 he was the foundation director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at ANU. In 1979 and 1980 he lived with Kuninjku-speaking people at Mumeka outstation in western Arnhem Land while undertaking doctoral research; he continues his friendships and collaborations with this group who he has re-visited on over 50 occasions since. Altman’s political advocacy covers a wide range of social justice and human rights issues including the right of Indigenous peoples to live on their lands and the need for forms of alternate development that match Indigenous aspirations as well as diversity of circumstances and possibilities.


blog posts


Indigenous Australia and the 2016 budget: the great Australian fiscal silence

Social policy whisperer: planned employment programs for remote Aboriginal Australia are bad policy design


Basic income a no-brainer for remote Indigenous Australia

Workfare in Australia: Indigenous work for the dole policies