Commonwealth of Australia. (2020). National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Commonwealth of Australia
The National Agreement on Closing the Gap is a landmark agreement signed in 2020 by the Commonwealth of Australia and its states and territories. This agreement, which replaces the previous Closing the Gap strategy, seeks to address the significant gaps in socio-economic outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
The National Agreement on Closing the Gap is the result of a process of co-design with Indigenous Australians, state and territory governments, and community organizations. The agreement sets out 16 targets, organized into four priority areas: health, education, employment, and justice.
One of the key features of the National Agreement is its focus on Indigenous-led solutions. The agreement acknowledges that Indigenous Australians must be at the forefront of efforts to close the gap, and commits to working in partnership with Indigenous communities to achieve the agreed targets.
The National Agreement also emphasizes the importance of data and accountability. It establishes a framework for monitoring and reporting on progress towards the 16 targets, and requires regular public reporting on the outcomes achieved.
In addition to the 16 targets, the National Agreement includes four foundational areas that are critical to achieving the targets: increasing Indigenous community control and decision-making, building the Indigenous workforce and economy, improving data and evidence, and ensuring accountability.
The National Agreement on Closing the Gap represents a significant step forward in addressing the ongoing and entrenched disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. By prioritizing Indigenous-led solutions, establishing clear targets and accountability mechanisms, and working in partnership across government and community sectors, the agreement provides a roadmap for a more equitable and just Australia.
As we continue to navigate the complex challenges of our time, the National Agreement on Closing the Gap is a potent reminder of the power of collective action and partnership to effect positive change. We must all work together to ensure that the agreement`s targets are met, and that the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is finally closed.