ACT Closing the Gap report 2013: progress outcome for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples


This report highlights the ACT’s progress on Closing the Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage. It has been long recognised that the Council of Australian Governments’ initiative to halve the gap on life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians would require generational change. The ACT has been a full participant through the National Indigenous Reform Agreement and has created this report to measure outcomes, recognise success and identify shortcomings in its combined efforts across Government and the community partners in the closing of the gap. It is important to note that this report provides a snapshot of the 2011-12 financial year. The ACT Closing the Gap Report 2013 reports on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific programs and initiatives and does not include the expenditure attributed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans within the bulk of mainstream funding. Following the initial ACT Closing the Gap Report in 2012, the ACT Government has taken direction from those who look to this report to measure the ACT’s progress in this endeavour. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body have provided feedback on the usefulness of the previous report as well as offering suggestions that see the report identify the good news stories that become apparent as progress is measured. (Executive summary, edited).

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