Engagements to seek feedback on what should be included in a new, national agreement on Closing the Gap were held between September and December 2019.
This report provides an opportunity for all Australians to understand what representatives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people told the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community-Controlled Peak Organisations (Coalition of Peaks) and Australian governments in those engagements.
- New Closing the Gap targets are needed, such as for the preservation of culture and languages, and existing targets need to be further developed, such as to expand health targets to include mental health and suicide prevention.
- There is a need to improve engagement by governments with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on changes to policies and programs to ensure it is done fully and transparently.
- Establishing and maintaining formal partnerships, such as agreements, between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are an important way of achieving priority reform one and were needed at a national, state/territory and regional/local level.
- There should be region-specific targets, or targets that could be adapted to suit the individual strengths and requirements of different communities.