The 2020 Closing the Gap Report was tabled in federal parliament on February 12. It showed there are still significant gaps in almost all of the targets. Only early child education attendance and year 12 attainments were on track.

We believe these goals may be better achieved by comparing outcomes within the diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations rather than comparing them with non-Indigenous Australians. Even better would be to measure changes in the targets – actual improvements – rather than having a sole focus on gaps.

Comparing Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations provides very little information about pathways to improving outcomes. There are several reasons for supporting a different approach. For example, there is no single Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population (or a non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander one for that matter). There is a wide range of populations with a diversity of outcomes. They have different risk and protective factors, geographical locations and historical experiences.

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