National Agreement on Closing the Gap Implementation Plan

As of 2021, there is a national agreement on closing the gap implementation plan in Australia. This plan aims to address the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in terms of health, education, employment, and other key areas. This article will provide an overview of the national agreement, its goals, and how it is being implemented.

Background

The national agreement on closing the gap was first signed in 2008 with the aim of improving the lives of Indigenous Australians. However, progress towards the goals set out in the agreement has been slow, and in 2018, the Australian government and Indigenous leaders agreed to refresh the agreement.

The new national agreement on closing the gap was signed in July 2020 by the Australian government, all state and territory governments, and the Coalition of Peaks, a representative body of Indigenous organisations. The agreement sets out 16 new targets in areas such as health, education, employment, and incarceration rates.

Goals

The goals of the national agreement on closing the gap are to:

1. Ensure that Indigenous Australians have the same opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians to live full and healthy lives

2. Ensure that Indigenous Australians have the same access to education and employment opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians

3. Ensure that Indigenous Australians are not overrepresented in the criminal justice system

4. Ensure that Indigenous Australians have the same access to housing, essential services, and infrastructure as non-Indigenous Australians

Implementation

The national agreement on closing the gap is being implemented through a partnership approach between government and Indigenous organisations. The Coalition of Peaks is playing a key role in this partnership, representing the views of Indigenous organisations and communities.

Each state and territory government is responsible for implementing the national agreement within their jurisdiction, and progress towards the targets will be monitored through regular reporting. A national Indigenous-led monitoring and reporting framework has been developed to track progress towards the targets.

The Australian government has committed $1 billion in funding over four years towards the implementation of the national agreement. This funding will support the development of Indigenous-led solutions, build the capacity of Indigenous organisations and communities, and improve data and evaluation systems.

Conclusion

The national agreement on closing the gap is a significant step towards addressing the disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The partnership approach between government and Indigenous organisations, and the commitment of significant funding, provides hope that progress towards the targets will be achieved. The success of the national agreement will depend on the continued collaboration and commitment of all parties involved.

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