Closing the Gap

About Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap is a long-term framework that builds on the foundation of respect and unity provided by the 2008 National Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It acknowledges that improving opportunities and life outcomes for Indigenous Australians requires intensive and sustained effort from all levels of government, as well as the private and not-for-profit sectors, communities and individuals.

In 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA) (PDF), which included a range of targets to reduce disparity across areas including life expectancy, Year 12 or equivalent attainment, and employment outcomes.

In December 2016, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to refresh the Closing the Gap agenda and develop targets in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, ahead of the expiry of four of the seven targets.

A new national Closing the Gap

The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations (Coalition of Peaks), together with the Australian governments are developing new and refreshed approach to Closing the Gap including development of new targets.

The Queensland Government considers it very important that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have full involvement in shared decision making on policies and programs that impact their lives.

In November 2019, the Queensland Government supported the Coalition of Peaks in organising six community engagement sessions across Queensland, with workshop facilitation led by local community members.

A report on feedback provided by communities is currently being prepared by the Coalition of Peaks, and will inform the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

Queensland Closing the Gap Report Card 2018

This Queensland Closing the Gap Report Card 2018 (Report Card) is an important step in the Queensland Government’s commitment to closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Queenslanders. It moves away from the deficit model and towards an approach underpinned by the strengths, knowledge and rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Report Card also:

  • supports ongoing and regular reporting to track progress, identify and build on strengths and success stories, and inform areas of focus
  • informs a partnership and co-design approach with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and communities, moving away from ‘doing to’ to ‘doing with’
  • uses the latest data to measure Queensland’s progress in the COAG Closing the Gap targets
  • provides additional data on other priority areas raised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders including through nine community consultations held across remote, regional and urban Queensland.
  • The Queensland Government is committed and dedicated towards working in genuine partnership to guarantee improved outcomes that move Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities from surviving to thriving.