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COAG communiqués

This section provides reference details, links and abstracts for the COAG communiqués that focused on Closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

2010

COAG Reform Council (2010)

COAG reform agenda: report on progress 2010.

Sydney: COAG Reform Council

Council of Australian Governments meeting 19 and 20 April 2010, Canberra: COAG communiqué (2010)

Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 29th meeting in Canberra on 19-20 April 2010.

The predominant focus of the meeting was the establishment of a National Health and Hospitals Network. Within this discussion, COAG noted the progress made on Indigenous health issues since the 2008 National Healthcare Agreement and noted that the health reforms agreed at today's meeting aim to contribute to the improvement of health outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

The Working Group on Indigenous Reforms provided a progress status report addressing the recommendations of the 4 December 2009 report of the Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services.

COAG restated its commitment to actively consider the needs of the 29 priority communities under the National Partnership on Remote Service Delivery and to continue monitoring progress of this National Partnership.

COAG also agreed to amend National Partnership on Remote Service Delivery to acknowledge the role of local government or other municipal service providers in ensuring the effective delivery of the Partnership in each priority community.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2009

Council of Australian Governments' meeting [1] 30 April 2009: COAG communiqué (2009)

Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 26th meeting in Hobart on 30 April 2009.

The key Indigenous-specific issue covered at the meeting related to the Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services. COAG agreed to the operating arrangements for the Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services. The role will involve working in collaboration to coordinate planning for, and monitoring the delivery of, programs and services in the 26 locations selected under the Remote Service Delivery National Partnership.

During discussion around education attainment targets for young people, COAG also agreed to the development of a 2015 progress measure to ensure progress towards the 2020 target to halve the gap for Indigenous students in Year 12 or equivalent attainment.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Council of Australian Governments' meeting [2] 2 July 2009: COAG communiqué (2009)

Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 27th meeting in Darwin on 2 July 2009.

The meeting predominantly focused on COAGs' Closing the Gap commitments in relation to Indigenous disadvantage.

The Working Group on Indigenous Reform were requested to prepare a national strategy to improve food security for Indigenous people living in remote Australia before the end of 2009.

COAG formally adopted the National Integrated Strategy for Closing the Gap. This included agreeing to a Closing the Gap: National Indigenous Education Statement and a Closing the Gap: National Urban and Regional Service Delivery Strategy to address Indigenous disadvantage in urban and regional locations. COAG also signed a Closing the Gap: National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access.

The Chair of the Productivity Commission, Mr Gary Banks AO, gave a presentation to COAG on the findings of the report Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2009 which highlighted the ongoing effort needed to meet the Closing the Gap targets.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Council of Australian Governments' meeting [3] 7 December 2009: COAG communiqué (2009)

Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 28th meeting in Brisbane on 7 December 2009. The outcomes from the meeting relating to Indigenous issues are outlined below.

COAG agreed to a new National Strategy for Food Security in Remote Indigenous Communities. This includes specific actions to increase healthy food consumption and reduce the diet-related burden of disease for Indigenous people in remote Australia. The Strategy will be piloted in up to 10 remote Indigenous communities, commencing by March 2010.

The launch of the first report from the Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services on 4 December 2009 was noted by COAG. The report recommends improved coordination of Commonwealth and State service delivery in the 29 priority remote communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

 
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