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National Indigenous Reform Agreement: performance assessment 2013-14

Posted on: 21 December, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 4, October 2015 – December 2015
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Productivity Commission (2015)
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: performance assessment 2013-14
Canberra: Productivity Commission

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experience profound economic and social disadvantage. This is manifested in many ways, affecting both the young and the old, and can span generations. To address this disadvantage, The Council of Australia Governments (COAG) has committed to a number of targets for reducing the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in life expectancy, health, education and employment outcomes.

This report is the sixth in a series of performance assessments for the Closing the gap targets (with assessments made previously by the COAG Reform Council).

Like other components of the Indigenous reporting framework, the focus of this report series is on monitoring broad outcomes rather than establishing what works in bridging outcomes gaps.

As well as assessing progress against the targets, the Commission has looked at how the broader reporting framework and policy evaluation efforts could be improved.

At the national level, progress in meeting individual gap targets has been mixed. Good progress has been made in reducing outcomes gaps in child mortality and Year 12 (or equivalent) attainment rates. Though the target of providing access to early childhood education for all Indigenous four year olds in remote areas by 2013 was not met, the evidence suggests a positive outcomes picture.

Despite considerable effort and investment, little or no progress has been made in closing gaps for life expectancy and reading and numeracy. The employment gaps have also increased rather than narrowed.

Abstract adapted from Productivity Commission

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