Briefing paper

Community engagements snapshot

A summary of what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and communities said about a new national agreement on Closing the Gap
Aboriginal Australians government relations Closing the Gap Indigenous health Australia
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The Coalition of Peaks led engagements with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations in every state and territory to talk about what is needed to improve their lives and to provide input to the new a 10-year National Agreement on Closing the Gap agreement. This report is a snapshot of what was heard during the engagements.

Key Findings:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people at the face-to-face engagements said that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities must choose their own representatives to negotiate with governments.
  • More than 90% of the survey respondents said it was either important or extremely important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have formal partnership arrangements with governments to share decision making on Closing the Gap.
  • At the engagements, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people said that community-controlled organisations need all levels of government to be fully supportive, engaged and committed to their success.
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