Today in Parliament, The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, released the Closing the Gap report.
The journey to close the gap began in 2005, with the release of the Social Justice Report 2005, which called for Australian governments to commit to achieving equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health and life expectancy within 25 years. The Close the Gap campaign was launched in 2007.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG), in December 2008, pledged to close key gaps, and recognised that a concerted national effort was needed to address Indigenous disadvantage in key areas. Six Closing the Gap targets were introduced and a school attendance target was added in 2014 with an expanded early childhood target added in 2015.
With four of the seven targets due to expire in 2018, the Australian Government developed the Closing the Gap Refresh. The new framework builds on the original Closing the Gap targets for a further ten years. This report shows progress against the original targets set in 2008.
Progress against the targets
There are currently seven Closing the Gap targets. Two targets, early childhood education and Year 12 attainment, are on track to be met.
Progress across NSW
Progress against the targets for each state and territory varies and is summarised in Table 1, which indicates where targets are on track. More detailed analysis of progress in each of the target areas is found in the chapters of this report.
Table 1: Progress against the targets[A]
|Child mortality (2018)[B]||–|
|Early childhood education (2025)||✔||✔|
|School attendance (2018)|
|Life expectancy (2031)[C]|
|Year 12 or equivalent (2020)[D]||✔|
|Reading and numeracy (2018)[E]|
[A] A tick ✔ indicates the target is on track. A dash – indicates the data are either not published or there is no agreed trajectory. Remaining targets are not on track.
The full Closing The Gap report can be found at: https://ctgreport.pmc.gov.au/