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Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2009

Posted on: 14 July, 2009
Issue: Vol 9 No 3, July 2009 - September 2009
Related to Health Policies

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2009)
Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2009.
Canberra: Productivity Commission

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage 2009 is the fourth report in a series commissioned by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2002, to provide regular reporting against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage. The intention is to inform Australian governments whether policy programs and interventions are achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous people and to guide further work where needed. The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision consulted widely with Indigenous organisations, governments and researchers in developing the report and the indicator framework. The terms of reference were updated in 2009 to reaffirm the government’s commitment to being accountable for improved outcomes for Indigenous Australians and to serve as a public report card on the progress against COAG targets and significant indicators.

The framework includes COAG’s six high level targets for Closing the Gap in Indigenous outcomes. They are:

  • Life expectancy
  • Young child mortality
  • Early childhood education
  • Reading writing and numeracy
  • Year 12 attainment
  • Employment

Headline indicators, previously developed by the Steering Committee through consultations are:

  • Post secondary education – participation and attainment
  • Disability and chronic disease
  • Household and individual income
  • Substantiated child abuse and neglect
  • Family and community violence
  • Imprisonment and juvenile detention

Strategic areas for action are outlined in the report and guidance offered for where further work is needed to overcome Indigenous disadvantage.

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