Closing the Gap aims to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Since 2008, Australian governments have worked together to deliver better health, education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to eliminate the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
In December 2018, COAG committed to forming a genuine formal partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to finalise the Closing the Gap Refresh and provide a forum for ongoing engagement throughout implementation of the new agenda.
A formal Partnership Agreement between COAG and the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations came into effect in March 2019.
A key commitment of the Partnership was the creation of a new Joint Council on Closing the Gap, which met for the first time on 27 March 2019 marking an historic step forward in the working relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and governments.