Closing the Gap

About Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap aims to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Since 2008, Australian governments have worked together to deliver better health, education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to eliminate the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

In 2020, there is a greater focus on self-determination and a partnership approach so that governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people work together. It heralds a new way forward, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people inform the priorities for the Closing the Gap agenda, and share ownership, responsibility and accountability of a new National Agreement on Closing the Gap (the Agreement) to drive progress for current and future generations.

Queensland’s role in Closing the Gap

The Queensland Government is committed to a new way of working with First Nations peoples to achieve better life outcomes in health, education, employment and housing. The Agreement reflects the Queensland Government’s commitment to significant reforms to reframe the relationship, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Queensland is home to the nation’s second largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The Queensland Government is working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People through their representatives, at the National, State and local level, to ensure a focus on achieving long term social and economic outcomes for Queensland’s First Nations people.

Supported by the Path to Treaty and Local Thriving Communities, Queensland’s partnership approach to Closing the Gap is underpinned by the strengths, knowledge and rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Queensland Closing the Gap report

The Queensland Closing the Gap report shows the state’s progress against the seven Closing the Gap targets – highlighting positive outcomes, as well as areas for improvement.

National Agreement on Closing the Gap

Queensland is a signatory to the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap, which was launched by the Prime Minister, the Honourable Scott Morrison MP, on 30 July 2020.

This is the first time a National Agreement has been developed and negotiated in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, both through their peak body representatives and community consultations across Queensland in 2019. The Coalition of Peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations, who have represented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s views in this process, have signed the Agreement alongside First Ministers.

At the heart of the Agreement is the principle to work and partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in policy development and decision making. For Queensland, this approach reflects our existing work to reframe the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the need to ascribe greater value to the principle of self-determination when developing initiatives that aim to improve outcomes for First Nations Queenslanders.

The Agreement includes four priority areas, and 16 socio-economic targets. The Queensland Government will develop a plan for implementing the agreement, and will continue to report on Queensland’s progress against the targets through annual reporting.

The Agreement was informed by consultations across Australia, including six in Queensland. Read the report on the consultation