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Closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage: the challenge for Australia

Posted on: 27 February, 2009
Issue: Vol 9 No 1, January 2009 - March 2009
Related to Justice Policies

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2009)
Closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage: the challenge for Australia
Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

This report outlines the Commonwealth Government’s progress in ‘Closing the Gap’ and addressing Indigenous disadvantage.  Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, promised during his apology to Indigenous Australians in 2008, to deliver a report card each year on the Government’s efforts to close the gap. In this first year, measurable targets have been stated, efforts have been made to reset relationships with Indigenous people and initiatives to improve service delivery have been suggested. The main components of ‘Closing the Gap’ policy include the all-of -government approach and a commitment of the broader community and corporate sector.  

The evidence gathered shows the extent of some aspects of Indigenous disadvantage in health, education and employment. The report sets out priorities for the future to achieve lasting change and ensure that future generations of Indigenous Australians have all the opportunities enjoyed by other Australians to live full, healthy lives and achieve their potential.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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