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.

The Tasmanian Closing the Gap Implementation Plan  is a starting point  and represents the beginning  of a new way of  working to close the gap.

Information about the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and the commitments of States and Territories is available through the Australian Government's Closing the Gap in Partnership website.

For more information, please contact the Office of Aboriginal Affairs by phone: 03 6165 8366 or by email: OAA@communities.tas.gov.au