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New Closing the Gap report shows only three of seven targets on track

Date posted: 12 February 2018

The Australian Government has released the latest Closing the Gap Prime Minister's report 2018. This report details the progress made against the seven Closing the Gap targets, the nation's targets to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.

Of the seven targets, three are currently on track to be met:

'Three of the seven targets are on track this year, giving us the most promising result since 2011,' said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. 'The last decade has given us a richer understanding about what works and what does not.'

The Prime Minister said the refreshed Closing the Gap policy, set to be announced later this year, would focus more closely on communities, rather than setting targets at a broad national level. 'As part of the Closing the Gap refresh, state-by-state targets will give us more granular and specific local insight,' Mr Turnbull said.

Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt AM, said last year's result was a 'failure' and recognised the work of community organisations to improve the outlook this year. 'A couple of simple things have turned it around. One is our failure last year, and the other is the work being done on the ground by organisations, ' said Mr Wyatt. 'We still have a long way to go, particularly in terms of life expectancy.'

The targets which are currently not on track to be met are:

The Close the Gap Steering Committee has recently released a ten-year review of the Closing the Gap strategy, which makes 10 recommendations for the Australian Government. This review is available to access here.

Source: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, ABC


Last updated: 15 February 2018
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