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Closing the Gap Implementation Plan

Indigenous AffairsClosing the Gap
Thursday, 05 August 2021
Publication author(s):
National Indigenous Australians Agency
Publication abstract:

The first Commonwealth Closing the Gap Implementation Plan sets a foundation for the Commonwealth’s efforts in achieving the targets in the National Agreement over the coming decade. The Plan provides an overview of the Commonwealth’s existing actions that contribute to Closing the Gap as well as new investment and areas of future work. It is a whole-of-government plan, developed across the Commonwealth, and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners, in particular the Coalition of Peaks.

The Commonwealth’s Plan is one of many implementation plans contributing to Closing the Gap – all other parties to the National Agreement have their own plans which can be viewed on the Closing the Gap website.

* Please note the format of the action tables in the PDF below were updated on 16 August 2021. As a result, some page numbers have changed from the version released 5 August 2021.

Priority Reform One: Partnership and Shared decision-making

Outcome

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are empowered to share decision-making authority with governments to accelerate policy and place-based progress on Closing the Gap through formal partnership arrangements.

Target

There will be formal partnership arrangements to support Closing the Gap in place between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and governments in place in each state and territory enshrining agreed joint decision-making roles and responsibilities and where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have chosen their own representatives.

Minister responsible Minister for Indigenous Australians
Actions

Partnership Actions:

  • Five joined up partnerships between the Commonwealth, states and territories and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives in priority policy areas – Commonwealth support to establish the Justice Policy Partnership as a priority (New)
  •  Six place-based partnerships

Jurisdictional Actions:

  • Stocktake of partnership arrangements
  • Review and strengthen existing partnerships

Commonwealth Actions:

  • Supporting the partnership with the Coalition of Peaks (New)
  • Indigenous Voice Proposals
  • Empowered Communities
Priority Reform Two: Building the community-controlled sector

Outcome

There is a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector delivering high quality services to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the country.

Target

Increase the amount of government funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and services going through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations.

Minister responsible Minister for Indigenous Australians
Actions

Partnership Actions:

  • Sector Strengthening Plans for joint national strengthening effort

Jurisdictional Actions:

  • Develop and implement policies to increase the proportion of service delivery through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, particularly community controlled-organisations (New)
  • Spending review to identify current spending on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and services

Commonwealth Actions:

  • Strengthen the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service sector through improved infrastructure (New)
  • Building the Community Controlled Sector Joint Funding Pool
  • Indigenous Advancement Strategy – preferencing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations
  • Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC)
  • Indigenous Procurement Policy
  • Jawun Partnership
Priority Reform Three: Transforming government organisations

Outcome

Governments, their organisations and their institutions are accountable for Closing the Gap and are culturally safe and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including through the services they fund.

Target

Decrease in the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experiences of racism.

Minister responsible Minister for Indigenous Australians
Actions

Partnership Actions:  

  • Develop or strengthen an independent mechanism, or mechanisms, that will support, monitor, and report on the transformation of mainstream agencies and institutions.

Jurisdictional Actions:

  • Publish engagement approaches
  • Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives before, during, and after emergencies such as natural disasters and pandemics
  • Information on undertaking and meeting the transformation elements will be included in future Commonwealth annual reports

Commonwealth Actions:

  • Framework for Engagement (New)
  • Stolen Generations Reparation Scheme (New)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Capability Framework
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy 2020–2024
  • Reconciliation Australia
  • APS Indigenous Graduate Program
  • Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
  • Services Australia Customer Experience Survey
  • The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan review
Priority Reform Four: Sharing access to data and information at a regional level

Outcome

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to, and the capability to use, locally-relevant data and information to set and monitor the implementation of efforts to close the gap, their priorities and drive their own development.

Target

Increase the number of regional data projects to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to make decisions about Closing the Gap and their development.

Minister responsible Minister for Indigenous Australians
Actions

Partnership Actions:  

  • Develop Community Data Projects
  • Data Development Plan

Commonwealth Actions:

  • AIATSIS Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP)
  • ABS Round Table for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics
  • Progress in Australian Regions Online Dashboard
  • Australian Data Strategy
  • Regional Data Hub through the Better Data Use to Support Delivery for Regional Australians program
Outcome 1: People enjoy long and healthy lives

Target 1: Close the Gap in life expectancy within a generation, by 2031.

Minister responsible Minister for Health and Aged Care
Partnership
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Partnerships Forums
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) sector
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on COVID-19
  • National Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
  • National Health Leadership Forum
Actions
  • Closing the gap in life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - Health Infrastructure (New)
  • Strengthening Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Services (New)
  • The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2021-31
  • Continue to strengthen the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) Sector
  • Improve access to primary health care
  • Prevention and early intervention of cancer, acute rheumatic fever/rheumatic heart disease and trachoma
  • Chronic disease care coordination and management
  • Reduce rates of smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Research that benefits Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led research
  • Increase access to and quality use of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines
  • Grow the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce
  • Improve cultural safety across the health system
  • National Palliative Care Strategy and Implementation Plan
  • Data access and sharing
  • Increase Primary Health Networks Service availability alcohol and other drugs treatment services
  • Prioritising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations in preventing communicable diseases
Outcome 2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born healthy and strong

Target 2: By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies with a healthy birthweight to 91%.

Minister responsible Minister for Health and Aged Care
Partnership

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) sector for the delivery of maternal and antenatal health services

Actions
  • Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mothers and Babies (New)
  • Investment in delivery of comprehensive primary health care through Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, including antenatal care
  • Investment in targeted antenatal and maternal health
  • Preventive health awareness campaign on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and Tackling Indigenous Smoking
  • Sexual health rapid testing program across Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and expanded workforce
  • Investment in preventative and public health research on maternal and child health
Outcome 3: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are engaged in high quality, culturally appropriate early childhood education in their early years

Target 3: By 2025, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children enrolled in Year Before Fulltime Schooling (YBFS) early childhood education to 95 per cent.

Minister responsible The Minister for Education and Youth
Partnership
  • Working with the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) on a range of initiati ves, including the early childhood strategy and development sector strengthening plan
Actions
  • Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) (existing and new)
  • Connected Beginnings (existing and new)
  • Early Years Education Program Expansion (new)
  • Early Learning Teaching Model Trial (new)
  • Preschool funding arrangements through the Preschool Reform Agreement.
  • Child Care Subsidy and Child Care Safety Net, including Additional Child Care Subsidy, Inclusion Support Program, Connected Beginnings and Community Child Care Fund
  • Children's Education and Care National Workforce Strategy
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy.
  • Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters
  • Indigenous Advancement Strategy Program 1.2 - Children and Schooling, Early Childhood Projects
  • Inclusion Support Program

*See Outcome 4 for more actions

Outcome 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children thrive in their early years

Target 4: By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children assessed as developmentally on track in all five domains of the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) to 55 per cent.

Minister responsible The Minister for Education and Youth
Partnership
  • Working with the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) on a range of initiatives, including the early childhood strategy and development sector strengthening plan
Actions
  • Community Child Care Fund (existing and new)
  • Connected Beginnings (existing and new)
  • Early Years Education Program Expansion (new)
  • Early Learning Teaching Model Trial (new)
  • Child Care Subsidy and Child Care Safety Net, including Additional Child Care Subsidy, Inclusion Support Program, Connected Beginnings and Community Child Care Fund
  • Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children 
  • Place Based Responses
  • Indigenous Advancement Strategy Program 1.2 - Children and Schooling, Early Childhood Projects
  • Investment in research

*See Outcome 3 Table for more actions

Outcome 5: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieve their full learning potential

Target 5:  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieve their full learning potential.

Minister responsible Minister for Education and Youth and Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business
Partnership
  • Currently engaging with a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education stakeholders through bi-annual Indigenous Education Consultative Meetings
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Council (NATSIEC)
Actions
  • City-Country School Partnerships (New)
  • Scaling up Proven Primary Reading Programs (New)
  • Building Schools on Country (New)
  • The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership project to enhance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency in the Australian teacher workforce will be implemented in schools
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Loading element of school recurrent funding
  • Working in partnership to formally establish and incorporate the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Council
  • Research, tools and strategies to boost Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages
  • Schools and Youth - Supporting students, teachers and young Australians
  • Girls Academy
Outcome 6: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students reach their full potential through further education pathways

Target 6: By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 25-34 years who have completed a tertiary qualification (Certificate III and above) to 70 per cent.

Minister responsible Minister for Education and Youth and Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business
Partnership
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Council (NATSIEC)
  • Union of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association
  • National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN)
Actions
  • Improving VET data collection and sharing
  • Job-Ready Graduates Package - New Indigenous, Regional and Low Socio-Economic Status (SES) Attainment Fund (IRLSAF)
  • Job Ready Graduates package - demand driven funding for Indigenous regional and remote students
  • Job-ready Graduates
  • National Skills Reform Agenda
  • Mission Based Compacts for Universities
  • Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy 2017-2020
  • Australian Apprenticeships programs
  • Foundation Skills for Your Future – Remote Community Pilots
  • Foundation skills programs
  • Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program
  • Indigenous Student Success Program
  • Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding
  • Higher Education Loan Program
  • Regional Partnership Project Pool
  • Regional University Centres
  • Rural Regional enterprise scholarships
  • Away from Base mixed mode program
Outcome 7: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people engaged in employment or education

Target 7: By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth (15-24 years) who are in employment, education or training to 67 percent.

Minister responsible Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business and Minister for Education and Youth
Partnership
  • the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Council (once incorporated)
  • Indigenous Education Consultative Meetings
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium
  • Union of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association
  • National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network
Actions
  • jobactive
  • Disability Employment Services
  • Transition to Work
  • Youth Jobs PaTH
  • ParentsNext
  • Time to Work Employment Service
  • Yarrabah Employment Services
  • New Business Assistance with New Enterprise Incentive Scheme
  • Community Development Program (CDP)
  • Tailored Assistance Employment Grants (TAEG)  - Employment
  • Tailored Assistance Employment Grants (TAEG) – School Based Traineeship
  • Tailored Assistance Employment Grants (TAEG) – Cadetships
  • Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC)
  • Employment Parity Initiative (EPI)
  • The new Indigenous Skills and Employment Program (ISEP)
  • Indigenous Business Sector Strategy (IBSS)
  • Indigenous Business and Employment Hubs
  • Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP)
  • The Indigenous Employment and Supplier-Use Infrastructure Framework
  • The Indigenous Employment and Supplier‑Use Water Infrastructure Framework
  • Indigenous Local Employment fund (ILEF)

*See Outcomes 6 and 8 for more actions

Outcome 8: Strong economic participation and development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities

Target 8: By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 25-64 who are employed to 62 per cent.

Minister responsible Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business
Partnership Develop partnerships with relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders to ensure initiatives aimed at economic development and employment are more effective
Actions
  • Prison to Work Pilots
  • Time to Work Employment Service - remote
  • Local Jobs Program
  • New Employment Services Model
  • Early Stage Social Enterprise Foundation

* See Outcome 7 for more actions

Outcome 9: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people secure appropriate, affordable housing that is aligned with their priorities and needs

Target 9: By 2031, increase the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in appropriately sized (not overcrowded) housing to 88 per cent.

Minister responsible Minister for Housing and Minister for Homelessness, Social and Community Housing
Partnership
  • Housing has been identified as an area for a collaborative policy approach as one of the joint policy partnerships
  • community controlled housing sector is one of the priority areas for the development of a Sector Strengthening Plan
Actions
  • Indigenous Home Ownership Program (IHOP)
  • National Rental Affordability Scheme
  • Building capacity of Indigenous Community Housing Organisations
  • National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA)
  • National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) Review
  • Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA)
  • The National Partnership for Remote Housing in the Northern Territory (NPRHNT)
  • Community controlled housing in the Northern Territory
  • Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL)
  • National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC)
  • Barkly Regional Deal
Outcome 10: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are not overrepresented in the criminal justice system

Target 10: By 2031, reduce the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults held in incarceration by at least 15 per cent.

Minister responsible The Attorney-General and the Minister for Indigenous Australians
Partnership
  • Justice Policy Partnership
Actions
  • Funding to establish and support the Justice Policy Partnership (New)
  • Funding provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) to provide legal assistance to families of deceased individuals in coronial inquiries, and to support clients involved in complex and/or expensive criminal cases (New)
  • Provide funding to states and territories to support implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment (OPCAT) (New)
  • Funding provided to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to deliver culturally safe and appropriate family dispute resolution (New)
  • Additional funding for Domestic Violence Units (DVUs) and Health Justice Partnerships (HJPs)
  • Funding for additional Indigenous Liaison Officers (ILOs)
  • Additional funding for Children’s Contact Services
  • Funding provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS)
  • Indigenous Advancement Strategy Safety and Wellbeing Program
  • Continue to deliver actions in response to the Council of Australian Governments Prison to Work Report.
  • National Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Strategic Action Plan 2018-28
Outcome 11: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are not overrepresented in the criminal justice system

Target 11: By 2031, reduce the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people (10-17 years) in detention by at least 30 per cent.

Minister responsible The Attorney-General and the Minister for Indigenous Australians
Partnership
  • Justice Policy Partnership
Actions
  • Funding to establish and support the Justice Policy Partnership (New)
  • Funding provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) to provide legal assistance to families of deceased individuals in coronial inquiries, and to support clients involved in complex and/or expensive cases (New)
  • Providing funding to states and territories to support implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment (OPCAT) (New)
  • Funding provided to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to deliver culturally safe and appropriate family dispute resolution  (New)
  • National Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Strategic Action Plan 2018-28
Outcome 12: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are not overrepresented in the child protection system

Target 12: By 2031, reduce the rate of over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 45 per cent.

Minister responsible Minister for Families and Social Services
Partnership Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
Actions
  • The new National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children (New)
  • Improving multidisciplinary responses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with multiple and complex needs  (New)
  • Developing an Outcomes and Evidence Fund (New)
  • Developing the cultural competency and trauma responsiveness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and family sector workforce (New)
  • Assess the needs and increasing the involvement of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) (New)
  • Formalise Partnership Arrangements with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners
  • Family and Children Activity grants
Outcome 13: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and households are safe

Target 13: By 2031, the rate of all forms of family violence and abuse against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children is reduced at least by 50 per cent, as progress towards zero.

Minister responsible Minister for Families and Social Services, the Minister for Women’s Safety and the Minister for Women
Partnership
  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council on family, domestic and sexual violence Council will work with the National Federation Reform Council (NFRC) Taskforce on Women’s Safety
Actions
  • Deliver the next National Plan to End Violence against Women and their Children (the National Plan) (New)
  • Developing an Outcomes and Evidence Fund (New)
  • National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Develop resources that aim to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls with a disability, and improve service responses when violence occurs
  • Women's Safety
  • Improve information sharing between the family law and the family violence and child protection systems
  • Funding for the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council on family, domestic and sexual violence
  • Establish the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Personal Safety Survey
  • Establishing a comprehensive data and reporting system on family, domestic and sexual violence (FDSV)
  • Linking Crime and Justice Data
Outcome 14: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enjoy high levels of social and emotional wellbeing

Target 14: Significant and sustained reduction in suicide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people towards zero.

Minister responsible Minister for Health and Aged Care
Partnership
  • Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia
  • New national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander national leadership body for social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention
Actions
  • The Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) - 1.3 Safety and Wellbeing Alcohol and Other Drugs services (AOD) and (Low Aromatic Fuel (LAF) (New and existing)
  •  The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy 2013 (NATSISPS)
  • The National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Strengthening partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners
  • Mental health workforce
  • Increasing the research and evidence-base
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan – Mental Health
Outcome 15: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people maintain a distinctive cultural, spiritual, physical and economic relationship with their land and waters

Target 15a: By 2030, a 15 per cent increase in Australia’s landmass subject to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s legal rights or interests.

Target 15b: By 2030, a 15 per cent increase in areas covered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s legal rights or interests in the sea.

Minister responsible Minister for Indigenous Australians and Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General
Partnership
  • National Native Title Council (NNTC)
  • Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs)
  • Four Northern Territory Land Councils
  • Benefit Account (ABA) Advisory Committee
  • Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council
  • 15 Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers (NTRBs-SPs)
Actions
  • Capacity building funding to support Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) and to the National Native Title Council (NNTC) to develop shared reform priorities
  • Funding a network of 15 Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers (NTRB SPs)
  • Establishing a new Aboriginal-controlled body
  • Funding the four Northern Territory Land Councils and supporting the operations of the Aboriginal Land Commissioner
  • Funding the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC)
  • Native Title Research Unit (NTRU)
  • Funding for the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council
  • Reform of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act)
  • Federal Court of Australia appointment of an Indigenous Registrar to co-mediate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disputes
  • Federal Court of Australia to engage with external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mediators to appropriately co-mediate disputes.
  • Native Title Anthropologists Grants Program
  • Native Title Legislation Amendment Act 2021
  • Extending the funding of the Indigenous Ranger program
  • Funding Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA) program
Outcome 16: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and languages are strong, supported and flourishing

Target 16: By 2031, there is a sustained increase in number and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages being spoken.

Minister responsible Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts
Partnership First Languages Australia (FLA)
Actions
  • Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program (New and Existing)
  • United Nations (UN) International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-32
  • Indigenous Language Dictionaries Project
  • National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)
  • Kimberley Aboriginal Language Interpreting
  • Legal Interpreting Services
  • Cross Border Indigenous Interpreting
Outcome 17: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to information and services enabling participation in informed decision-making regarding their own lives

Target 17: By 2026, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have equal levels of digital inclusion

Minister responsible Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, supported by the Minister for Government Services
Partnership
  • Coalition of Peaks, including First Nations Media Australia and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and businesses
Actions
  • Indigenous Digital Inclusion Plan
  • Remote Indigenous Telecommunications activities
  • Indigenous broadcasting and media activities
  • Regional Tech Hub
  • Universal Service Guarantee (USG)
  • Mobile Black Spot Program
  • Regional Connectivity Program
  • Northern Australia - Regional Connectivity and Mobile Black Spot Programs – additional funding
  • NBN Co's Regional Co-investment Fund
  • NBN Co initiative – Connection
  • NBN Co Initiatives – Capability
  • Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicing in Services Australia
  • National Agent and Access Point (NAAP) program in Services Australia
  • 2021 Regional Telecommunications Review

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