National Strategies and Directions
In 2008, for the first time in Australian history, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to work towards six targets to significantly reduce the gap in life expectancy and opportunities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
These targets are to:
- Close the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation
- Halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five by 2018
- Ensure access to early childhood education for all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities by 2013
- Halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievement for Indigenous children by 2018
- Halve the gap for Indigenous students in Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates by 2020
- Halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2018
Through its Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage strategic framework the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has established targets aimed at closing these gaps.
On a bi-annual basis the Australian Productivity Commission reviews progress against the targets and provides policy makers and Indigenous people with a national view of the current state of Indigenous disadvantage and draws attention to where things need to change if the priority outcomes are to be achieved.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy
Released in September 2015, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy sets the principles and priorities that act as a framework to guide jurisdictions in developing and implementing localised policies and actions to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people outlines the first of a series of national collaborative actions.
The Indigenous Education Consultative Bodies (IECBs) contributed to the drafting of the Strategy.
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