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Closing the Gap review under way

Progress has been made for five of the Closing the Gap targets, while other areas have worsened.

Progress has been made for five of the Closing the Gap targets, while other areas have worsened. Photo: Getty

The first report into Australia’s Closing the Gap agreement is on hand after the government tasked the Productivity Commission with undertaking a review.

The national agreement, made in 2020 to improve life outcomes experienced by Indigenous Australians, requires comprehensive three-yearly reviews to assess where improvements have been made and where extra emphasis is required.

Closing the Gap has four major reform outcomes including shared decision-making and strengthening formal relationships, building Indigenous Australia’s community-controlled sector, making government organisations more accessible and improve data access for better informed decisions.

The outcomes were developed in partnership with First Nations representatives, who will again have a “genuine say” in how the review is undertaken.

A draft report will be released before a final report is delivered by the end of next year.

– AAP

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