We have received signs of real progress in Closing the Gap.

The data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Friday November 15 are the latest official estimates of life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The data reveals a slight narrowing of the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

The ABS found that over the past five years the gap has been reduced by 0.08 years for men and 0.1 years for women.

Make no mistake - There is still a long way to go.

The life of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander boy born today will still be on average 10.6 years shorter than that of other Australian boys. For girls, the data indicates a 9.5 year gap.

Behind these statistics are real people with real hopes for their families and for the future.

We are committed to standing alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for this generational challenge.

The ABS data proves that the Close the Gap Campaign is having a postive effect, and that the gap is beginning to close.

For further information is available from the ABS  here.


Issues: Health