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The Business Council of Australia (BCA) has released a report analysing employment trends, educational outcomes and life expectancy rates for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria.
The findings of the research, conducted by consultants Access Economics, indicate that improving the living standards of Indigenous Australians in this region would produce considerable economic benefits and increase living standards for the whole community in the Goulbourn Valley.
The BCA's Deputy Chief Executive Melinda Cilento launched the report in Shepparton and said the findings demonstrated how closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage was not just an issue for remote Australia - 'it is a critical issue for our regions and our urban centres as well'.
Claire Tedeschi (Manager, Public Affairs)
Business Council of Australia
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