Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory Monitoring Report, January-June 2012, Part one


The Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory National Partnership Agreement ceased on the 30 June 2012. This is the last Monitoring Report published under this agreement. It provides data collected between January and June of 2012 on the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) to reports of abuse and neglect against children in the Northern Territory. The Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package commenced on 1 July 2012 and is the Australian Governments new commitment, over 10 years, to work with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory to build strong, independent lives, where communities, families and children are safe and healthy. An overview is provided in this report of the Stronger Futures legislation and funded measures. Part one summarises findings in relation to early childhood, health, economic participation and welfare reform, land tenure, community safety and governance and leadership. This Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory Monitoring Report brings together performance information for each measure from 31 December 2011 to 1 July 2012. However, in many instances information is provided for the entire period 1 July 2007 to 1 July 2012. Much of the data in this Monitoring Report focuses on output measures such as increased police presence, number of night patrols, extra health workers etc. Where possible the report also includes related indicators such as the incidence of reported crime. Taken as a whole, the health-related data show continuing positive trends. In particular, there was a statistically significant fall in the age standardised Indigenous mortality rate in the NT, which declined by 17.7 % between 2007 and 2011. Data on the nutritional status of Indigenous children also show improvements with a statistically significant fall in the age standardised rate of anaemia among Indigenous children aged 0-4 in remote parts of the NT (a 28% decline) and stunting (a 23% decline) from 2004 to 2011.

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