The National Agreement on Closing the Gap

The new National Agreement on Closing the Gap (the Agreement) is a document of historical significance as it is the first time that all Governments in Australia and a peak group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have agreed that we have to work together if we are going to see real change for people.

What will make this different?

Working together is major shift in the way governments have previously worked to close the gap. It acknowledges that to close the gap, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must determine, drive and own the desired outcomes, alongside all governments. It will require:

  • formalising partnerships with Aboriginal people;
  • building the Aboriginal community-controlled sector;
  • transforming government institutions; and
  • sharing data and information.

To start the conversation with Aboriginal people in Tasmania on implementing the new Agreement, the Tasmanian Government is holding four Closing the Gap Roundtables across the state.

We’d like to hear from you about how the Tasmanian Government might work better with Aboriginal communities to bring about the changes needed to deliver the new National Agreement.

Timeline for Consultation

Roundtables are being held on the following themes:

  • Child Safety and Wellbeing, Youth Justice, Family Violence and Housing
  • Education (Early Childhood, School and Tertiary), Employment, Training
  • Child and Adult Health, and Justice
  • Access to Land and Water, and Language.

Early 2021: Series of Closing the Gap Roundtables and opportunities for other meetings/conversations

April 2021: drafting the Tasmanian Closing the Gap Implementation Plan

July 2021: Tasmanian Closing the Gap Implementation Plan finalised

For more information, please contact the Office of Aboriginal Affairs by phone: 03 6165 8366 or by email:

Click here to access the Closing the Gap form for input