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The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) met on 2 July 2009 in Darwin, to discuss further measures to overcome Indigenous disadvantage. This was the first time that COAG has held a meeting primarily on Indigenous issues. The Prime Minister, Premiers, Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association were joined by a number of Treasurers for the meeting. With ongoing economic and social challenges, COAG discussed measures to overcome Indigenous disadvantage. The report Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators report 2009 was launched at the meeting and findings were presented.
Initiatives to assist in closing the gap include:
The Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators report 2009 reports on the six Closing the Gap targets set by COAG, and six headline indicators previously developed by the Steering Committee in consultation with Indigenous people and researchers. More specifically, the report includes information on the seven strategic areas for action, set out in the Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage framework: early child development; education and training; healthy lives; economic participation; home environment; safe and supportive communities; and governance and leadership.
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