Closing the Gap
Closing the Gap aims to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Since 2008, Australian governments have worked together to deliver better health, education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to eliminate the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
In December 2018, COAG committed to forming a genuine formal partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to finalise the Closing the Gap Refresh and provide a forum for ongoing engagement throughout implementation of the new agenda.
A formal Partnership Agreement between COAG and the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations came into effect in March 2019.
The partnership arrangements include a Joint Council on Closing the Gap comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives, alongside Ministerial representation. The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peaks Organisations appoint their twelve representatives to the Joint Council on Closing the Gap.
COAG also released a draft Closing the Gap framework in December 2018, including draft targets, accountabilities and reporting requirements as a basis for further discussion with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples and communities. The refreshed Closing Gap framework and targets will be finalised through the Joint Council on Closing the Gap, ahead of endorsement by COAG.
Real change will come through community-led, place-based solutions that engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to pursue their own visions of what makes for a good life, to be healthy, prosperous, and secure.
Progress against targets set in 2008 is outlined in annual Closing the Gap reports. The 2020 Closing the Gap report marks the twelfth time a report is tabled in Parliament on progress toward Closing the Gap.