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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2008

Council of Australian Governments' meeting [1] 26 March 2008: COAG communiqué (2008)

Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 21st meeting in Adelaide on 26 March 2008. The key outcomes from the meeting relating to Indigenous issues are detailed below.

As part of the COAG Reform Agenda, COAG agreed on more than 23 specific actions aimed at closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

COAG reaffirmed its commitment to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and agreed on a new national target to halve the gap in Indigenous employment outcomes within a decade. Other actions were agreed on relating to Indigenous health, education, affordable housing and water supply; with particular focus on dental services, elective surgery, transition care, and homelessness.

COAG asked the Indigenous Reform Working Group to prepare a reform proposal on Indigenous Early Childhood Development for the COAG meeting in July 2008, plus proposals regarding protective security from violence for Indigenous parents and children, remote service delivery and workforce planning, and economic participation and active welfare, for the October 2008 COAG meeting.

The other key themes from the meeting related to reforms, and included:

  • the COAG Reform Agenda: reforming and investing for the future;
  • a new reform framework; and
  • implementing commitments and driving further reforms.

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Council of Australian Governments' meeting [2] 3 July 2008: COAG communiqué (2008)

Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 22nd meeting in Sydney on 3 July 2008. The key discussion points and outcomes from the meeting relating to Indigenous issues are outlined below.

COAG leaders agreed to sustained engagement and effort by all governments over the next decade and beyond to achieve the Closing the Gap targets for Indigenous people.

The preliminary Statement of Objectives, Outcomes, Outputs and Performance Measures for the new funding agreements prepared by the Indigenous Reform Working Groups was noted by COAG.

COAG agreed in principle to a National Partnership with joint funding of around $547.2 million over six years to address the needs of Indigenous children in their early years of development.

Dates were set for future meetings to decide on plans for implementing the reforms and on integrating the reforms of Indigenous childhood development into COAG's broader reform agenda.

COAG agreed that the Working Group on Indigenous Reform should continue to develop reform proposals in October 2008, and to report to COAG in December 2008 on how COAG's broader reform agenda will deliver an integrated strategy on closing the gap for all Indigenous people.

Following the discussion on housing, COAG agreed that the initial priorities for the Housing Working Group were to include the development of service delivery improvements to address the level of overcrowded housing experienced by Indigenous people.

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Council of Australian Governments' meeting [3] 2 October 2008: COAG communiqué (2008)

Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 23rd meeting in Perth on 2 October 2008. The outcomes from the meeting relating to Indigenous issues are outlined below.

COAG agreed to six targets for closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians across urban, rural and remote areas. It was determined a meeting would be held in 2009 to develop a national strategy for achieving these targets and provide the opportunity for information exchange and stakeholder contribution.

COAG leaders signed the first National Partnership (NP) covering Indigenous Early Childhood Development. The purpose of the NP is to improve the early childhood outcomes of Indigenous children by addressing the high levels of disadvantage they currently experience, and will include the establishment of 35 Children and Family Centres across Australia.

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Council of Australian Governments' meeting [4] 29 November 2008: COAG communiqué (2008)

Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) held its 24th meeting in Canberra on 29 November 2008. The key discussion points and outcomes from the meeting relating to Indigenous issues are described below.

COAG agreed to the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA) which provides a summary of action being taken against the closing the gap targets as well as the operation of the mainstream national agreements in health, schools, vocational education and training (VET), disability services and housing and several National Partnerships.

COAG has asked for a Regional and Urban Strategy to coordinate the delivery of services to Indigenous Australians and examine the role that private and community sector initiatives in education, employment, health and housing can make to the success of the overall strategy.

An agreement was made to convene a dedicated meeting in 2009 on closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage. It was noted that COAG will work to develop a further reform proposal, including benchmarks and indicators for improvements in services and related outputs relevant to family and community safety, for consideration at this meeting.

The biannual Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report, which reports against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage, was discussed and COAG agreed to a new framework for this report that is aligned with the closing the gap targets.

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Last updated: 11 March 2013
 
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