The Closing the Gap framework sought to halve the employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, among other targets. But the employment target expired unmet this year.
In remote parts of Australia, the gap has actually widened since 2011.
Governments have relied on a series of employment programs to tackle the employment gap, but these have not yielded positive outcomes. Before the new program starts in 2019we need more evidence of what does and doesn’t work.
There has been no robust evaluation of the last two employment programs. Evidence of what does work might help us finally start closing the gap.