Working Together to Close the Gap in Walgett - Remote Service Delivery Local Implementation Plan - F
In December 2007, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a partnership between all levels of government to work with Indigenous communities
to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.
The National Indigenous Reform Agreement was established to frame the task of Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage. It sets out the objectives, outcomes, outputs, performance indicators and performance benchmarks agreed by COAG. It also provides links to those National Agreements and National Partnership agreements across COAG which include elements aimed at closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.
The foundation of the Closing the Gap Strategy is the identification of and commitment to targets addressing Indigenous disadvantage, and associated building blocks – areas for action.
The six targets for Closing the Gap are:
- To close the life-expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians within a generation.
- To halve the mortality gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and other children under age 5 within a decade.
- To halve the gap in literacy and numeracy achievement between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and other students within a decade.
- To halve the gap in employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within a decade.
- To at least halve the gap in attainment at Year 12 schooling (or equivalent) by 2020.
- To provide all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander four year olds in remote communities with access to a quality pre-school program in five years.
To achieve these targets, COAG agreed to focus on seven Building Blocks, in which investments would deliver an outcome in more than one target area.