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Closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage: the challenge for Australia

by Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Year 2009
City Canberra
Institution Commonwealth of Australia
Date February 2009


This report outlines the Commonwealth Government's progress in 'Closing the Gap' and addressing Indigenous disadvantage. Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, promised during his apology to Indigenous Australians in 2008, to deliver a report card each year on the Government's efforts to close the gap. In this first year, measurable targets have been stated, efforts have been made to reset relationships with Indigenous people and initiatives to improve service delivery have been suggested. The main components of 'Closing the Gap' policy include the all-of -government approach and a commitment of the broader community and corporate sector.

The evidence gathered shows the extent of some aspects of Indigenous disadvantage in health, education and employment. The report sets out priorities for the future to achieve lasting change and ensure that future generations of Indigenous Australians have all the opportunities enjoyed by other Australians to live full, healthy lives and achieve their potential.

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