National Close the Gap Day FAQ

Registering an event

What is Close the Gap?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have some of the poorest health outcomes of any group of people in the world. On average, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples die 10 years younger than other Australians. In addition to the gap in life expectancy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples experience other chronic conditions such as diabetes sometimes as high as two times the rate of non-indigenous people.

The Close the Gap campaign aims to achieve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality by 2030. Learn more about why the health gap exists.

How long has Close the Gap been running?

The Close the Gap campaign launched in 2006, when Tom Calma, the then Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, released his report highlighting the appalling gap in life expectancy and health standards in Australia. He then called on a number of Aboriginal, health and human rights organisations (including Oxfam) to join together in a coalition to form the Close the Gap campaign.

In 2007, Cathy Freeman & Ian Thorpe publicly launched the campaign at Olympic Stadium, Homebush.

In 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and opposition leader Brendan Nelson signed the Close the Gap Statement of Intent, committing future federal governments to work towards closing the gap.

2018 marked the 10 year anniversary of the Close the Gap campaign and the 10 year review highlighted that the gap in life expectancy is actually widening. This means support for the National Close the Gap Day is critical to keep the Close the Gap Campaign a priority.

What is the National Close the Gap Day?

National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is a national day of action to pledge support for achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.

Each year the support for NCTDG continues to grow and last year people all over the country took part in events to create awareness of the Close the Gap Campaign. NCTGD aims to bring people together, to share information — and most importantly — to take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030.

With continued support from the public, we can ensure the Australian Government continues to work with Indigenous communities, commit additional funding and invest in real partnerships.

How can I register my NCTGD event?

You can register your National Close the Gap Day here. If you need some assistance email [email protected]

What happens if I am having difficulty registering online?

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If you’re still unable to register or are having issues, please email ANTaR ([email protected]) outlining the specific issue (please include a screenshot of the error page if possible).

I registered online but I didn’t receive a confirmation email

Check your spam/junk folders. A confirmation email will be sent to you within 1 hour of registering. If it has been more than 24 hours and you still haven’t received a confirmation email, please email ANTaR ([email protected]).

I want to change the details of my event

If you need to change the details of your event please email [email protected] or call the team on 02 9280 0060.

What’s the difference between a public and private event?

A public event will be listed on the ANTaR website. The event details will be publicly available and the event can be attended by anybody.

A private event is not open to the general public. It will appear on the site but no address and time details will be listed.

How do I search for a public event?

You will be able find a list of National Close the Gap Day activities closer to the Day. Keep an eye out in the Close the Gap emails for updates.

If I choose to do a fundraiser as part of my event, where do the funds go?

All funds raised from NCTGD goest towards supporting the launch of the Close the Gap Campaign's annual report, community education and awareness raising through National Close the Gap Day, most importantly it enables year round advocacy and campaigning from Close the Gap.

Resources and Merchandise

How do I order merchandise for my event?

Everyone who registers their National Close the Gap Day event will receive a resource pack with everything they need to host a successful event. You can also purchase merchandise online.

Do I receive a free t-shirt?

In previous years we have provided a free t-shirt with each registered event. However, National Close the Gap Day has now grown to more than 1,500 events and we are unable to cover the cost.

We have some very limited t-shirts still avaiable - in Women's size 8 and 9 and Mens XXL. If these suit your needs, they are still free to a good home. Email [email protected] with your request and the code phrase: FREE TO A GOOD HOME

When will I receive my resource pack?

Resources are freely available for download from the Registration Toolkit. You can easily download and print yourself or with your own suppliers. This way only the resources that are need are produced and more of the campaigns funds can be directed to campaign work.

Will my school still receive a pack in the mail?

Most schools’ materials will be available by download only. Will be available week commencing 11 February 2019. You will be able to easily download and print yourself or with your own suppliers. This way only the resources that are need are produced and more of the campaigns funds can be directed to campaign work.

I am part of a school organising an event – are there additional resources specifically for schools?

Yes! The 2019 Schools Toolkit and registration will be open from 11 February 2019.

How do I get more resources for my event?

All resources are now downloadable. To download pledge forms or promotional materials, go to our National Close the Gap Day registration toolkit.

 

Posting photos and stories

How and where can I post photos of my event?

Photos can be sent to us in a variety of ways. When sending your photos, please include the event name.

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Post photos to the Close the Gap Facebook page #closethegap

Instagram: Mention and tag via @closethegapcampaign #closethegap #closethegapday

Twitter: Shout out via @closethegapoz #closethegap

How can I access the 2017 Close the Gap film?

You can watch the 2016 National Close the Gap Day film and the 2017 National Close the Gap Day Film on the Oxfam Youtube channel here

I don’t have access to the internet, can I still get hold of the resources?

If you don’t have access to the internet to download the Close the Gap resources, you can email or phone the team at ANTaR and we’ll send you a USB with all Close the Gap Resources.

Key Messaging for the Close the Gap Campaign

Everyone deserves the right to a healthy future; particularly in a rich country like ours.

Yet depending on where they are around the country, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples can live 10, 15, sometimes 20 years less than other Australians.
Past and present governments have created barriers to good health for Indigenous Australians, and this is having a profound impact on families and communities.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities already have many of the solutions to these problems. They are simply asking that they be heard.
We need our politicians to start listening and supporting them with the resources they need. We need this, to ensure the survival of the world’s oldest living culture.

What can you do to help? Listen. Hear their stories. Share their stories.

Then demand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality. Register now. Be part of the generation who closes the gap.