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Share your views on Closing the Gap

Date posted: 19 January 2018

The Australian Government is calling on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide feedback on the future of Closing the Gap, the campaign to close key gaps in outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Closing the Gap. While there has been progress on health, employment and education, currently only one of the seven targets is on track to be met (four of the targets expire this year).

As part of the refresh, the Government has acknowledged it needs to work differently with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This includes genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, organisations and communities, to identify the priorities that will inform better programs and services to close the gap.

'Closing the Gap is something we need to be striving for. It's possible through positive leadership, strong community [ownership] and the inclusion of non-Aboriginal Australia in helping us achieve the goals,' says Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) member Roy Ah-See.

'As blackfellas, we say policy has failed because we haven’t been consulted. We talked about doing things with us not to [us]. We have a chance to have our say, so let’s get in and have our say', says IAC Co-Chair Chris Sarra.

'Closing the Gap targets are about us, it's about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and anything that is about us needs to be shaped by us,' said IAC Co-Chair, Andrea Mason. 'I really hope that everyone gets on board, there is nothing that should be left off the table and no stone left unturned. This is a really great opportunity for people to share their opinions and ideas.'

To share your opinions on Closing the Gap, please refer to this online survey here, or via the links below. Submissions close 31 March 2018.

Source: Indigenous.gov, Closing the Gap Refresh

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Last updated: 31 January 2018
 
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