Closing the Gap

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Report

The Territory Gap: comparing Australia’s remote Indigenous communities

The major finding of this research is that the Northern Territory has the worst economic outcomes for Indigenous people in remote or very remote locations of any state or territory in Australia by some margin.
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Unfinished Parliamentary business: an overview of potential Indigenous Australians portfolio measures

This paper considers what might appear in the Albanese Government’s legislative and ministerial Indigenous Australians agenda, by listing what is already ‘on the table’.
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WSAA preliminary report: improving water services to remote First Nations communities

In 2021, WSAA commissioned Eric Vanweydeveld to review remote water services in Australia, and to recommend ways to close the gap in the delivery of safe drinking water, including water quality and water security. This report outlines the preliminary findings.
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Closing the Gap: annual data compilation report July 2022

This second annual data compilation report provides a point-in-time snapshot of data for monitoring progress under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, signed in July 2020.
Discussion paper

Looking beyond Indigenous service delivery: the societal purpose of urban First Nations organisations

This paper analyses the quantitative findings of a three-year mixed-method research project developed in partnership with six urban First Nations organisations in New South Wales.
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Decoding the gap: Australia’s ongoing struggle to address Indigenous health outcomes

Since its first incarnation in 2008, the Closing Gap framework has been focused on health. This paper triangulates the historical and scientific sub-strata behind Indigenous Australia’s health gaps in an effort to better decode the real reasons behind them.
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Measuring the gap in health expenditure: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Equity Economics, in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), undertook this analysis of the gap in health expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In order to calculate the gap, they accounted for the burden of disease, which is more...
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Close the gap - transforming power: voices for generational change

This report features nine case studies that demonstrate the essential role of Aboriginal and Torres Islander led decision-making and self-determination and need for reflection and accountability from governments and mainstream services.
Discussion paper

Remote Indigenous housing requires ongoing policy focus: submission to the Review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement

This paper identifies remote Indigenous housing as a structural gap in the nation’s overarching housing policies. It reproduces a submission to the current Productivity Commission review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) which argues for a much stronger focus to be placed upon...
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The Family Matters report 2021

The Family Matters report 2021 shows that Indigenous children continue to be removed from family and kin at disproportionate rates. This is despite overwhelming evidence about the harm this causes to children, families and communities.
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Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap: partnership health check 2021

This publication reviews the state of the Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap against success indicators agreed by the Coalition of Peaks and government parties. The 2021 health check has been prepared by independent reviewer, ABSTARR Consulting.
Strategy

Sector strengthening plan: health

This Health Sector Strengthening Plan (Health-SSP) is offered as a resource to be used over the next three years to prioritise, partner and negotiate beneficial sector-strengthening strategies. The long-term objective of the Health-SSP is to build a strong community-controlled sector.
Discussion paper

The new policy architecture for Closing the Gap: innovation and regression

This paper describes the core elements of the new policy architecture for Closing the Gap, set out in the National Partnership on Closing the Gap, finalised in mid-2020.
Discussion paper

The first decade of Closing the Gap: what went wrong?

This paper assesses the major reviews and assessments of the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA), the COAG agreement that established the first iteration of Closing the Gap from 2008 to 2019.
Working paper

First Nations regional and national representation: aligning local decision making in NSW with Closing the Gap and the proposed Indigenous Voice

Recent shifts in national policies have resulted in questions about how established regional forms of representation, such as those involved in NSW’s Local Decision Making initiative, will be aligned with new policy priorities and processes. This paper seeks to clarify the terrain of competing and...
Strategy

Closing the Gap: jurisdictional implementation plan

This plan supports a whole-of-government approach to meeting the objectives and achieving the outcomes under the National Agreement.
Strategy

South Australia’s implementation plan for the National Agreement on Closing the Gap

This document sets out South Australia's plan for achieving and addressing the priority reforms and socio-economic targets embedded in the Closing the Gap Agreement to ensure the lives of Aboriginal people in South Australia can improve in all cultural, social and economic aspects.
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Closing the Gap: annual data compilation report July 2021

This is the first annual data compilation report to inform the reporting on progress under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
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Mind the gap: understanding the Indigenous education gap and how to close it

Indigenous educational disadvantage remains among the most pressing and persistent public policy challenges in Australia. This research examines sources and extent of Indigenous educational disadvantage and proposes how policymakers can better meet the ambition of closing the gap.
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Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap: health check 2020

This publication reviews the state of the Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap against success indicators agreed by the Coalition of Peaks and government parties.