Our Choices, Our Voices - Celebrating Success on National Close the Gap Day
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO and the Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Rod Little, will today release the 2019 Close the Gap report.
“The report highlights the incredible work being carried out by Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Read More in the Close the Gap Campaign's Media ReleaseRead(pdf 123.9 KB)
Our Choices Our Voices
A report prepared by the Lowitja Institute for the Close the Gap Steering Committee.
It is of great concern to us, the Close the Gap Campaign—as indeed it should be to the Australian nation—that the target to close the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people by 2031 is, in 2019, widening rather than closing.1 In his Closing the Gap Report 2019 to Parliament, the Prime Minister acknowledged that this target is not on track.
In the past, we have provided a ‘Shadow Report’ including a ten-year review published in 2018. The review assessed the most signi cant national e ort to date to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health—the 2008 Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Closing the Gap Strategy—with its target to achieve life expectancy equality by 2030.
In 2019, the Campaign is taking a di erent approach to its report. After identifying what we believe are urgent priority themes for addressing the health gap, this year we are highlighting stories that illustrate success from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. The report addresses the following three priority themes:
• Targeted, needs-based primary health care
• Responsive health care system
• Good housing for good health.
The stories pro led in this report demonstrate that when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are involved in the design of the services they need, we are far more likely to achieve success. These stories illustrate that ‘our choice and our voice’ are vital if we are to make gains and start to close the gap.
The Campaign welcomes the announcement in December 2018 that governments will work in true partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and their appropriate organisations and representatives. This is a critical time for the government to work hand-in-hand with us on solutions, to ensure we turn this gap around and do not allow it to widen any further.
Finally, as Co-Chairs, we sincerely thank the almost 50 Close the Gap Campaign members for their contribution to this work. We could not do what we do without the enduring support and commitment to better health outcomes from our membership.Read(pdf 14.66 MB)
Media release following Prime Minister Morrison's 2019 Closing the Gap Report statement
The Close the Gap Campaign media release following Prime Minister Morrison's 2019 Closing the Gap Report statement to Parliament.
"Indigenous involvement and participation in this important national strategy is vital. It really is the only way forward, because we know that when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are included in the design and delivery of services that impact their lives, the outcomes are far better."
Close the Gap Campaign Co-Chairs: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO and the Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Rod Little.Read(pdf 119.04 KB)
PM's Report 2019
Annual report from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet regarding progress made towards the targets from the national Closing the Gap strategy.Read(pdf 13.26 MB)
Achieving Indigenous Health Equality through the Close the Gap Campaign
The Close the Gap Campaign has released its 2019 priorities for the next government of Australia. The proposed policy agenda will, if fully funded and implemented, provide a pathway forward for an incoming government to achieve tangible improvements in life expectancy and other key health indicators.
Read more.Read(pdf 662.66 KB)
Petition - National Close the Gap Day 2019
Petition available to use for National Close the Gap Day 2019.
Help gather supporter for this year's call to action. Send us back as many of these filled sheets as possible to Close the Gap Campaign, PO Box 77 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
File size: Less than 1MBRead(pdf 386.85 KB)
Closing the Gap Statement of Intent 2008
The initial Close the Gap Indigenous Health Equality Summit Statement of Intent 2008.Read(pdf 282.17 KB)
COAG Statement on the Closing the Gap Refresh
Council of Australian Governments (COAG) statement outlining the outcomes of the most recent COAG meeting regarding the Closing the Gap Refresh process.Read(pdf 411.73 KB)
PM's Report 2018
Annual report from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet regarding progress made towards the targets from the national Closing the Gap strategy.Read(pdf 7.79 MB)
Close the Gap: A Ten-Year Review
This review assesses the most significant national effort to date to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health: the 2008 Council of Australian Governments Closing the Gap Strategy with its target to achieve life expectancy equality by 2030. Ten-years after its commencement it is time to critically analyse why Australian governments have not yet succeeded in closing the health gap.Read(pdf 15.4 MB)
PM's Report to Parliament 2017
Annual report from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet detailing progress towards the National Closing the Gap Strategy.Read(pdf 7.17 MB)
Close the Gap - Progress and Priorities Report 2017
Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee Progress and Priorities Report 2017Read(pdf 9.06 MB)
Close the Gap Position Paper on Federal Budget 2016
The Government, with bipartisan support across Parliament, should prove its ongoing obligation to closing the gap by 2030 with a well-considered and appropriate budget commitment for the following priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.Read(pdf 553.16 KB)
Huge election year people power pushes the need to close the gap
Over 1600 hundred community and corporate events across the country will today signal the need for a recommitment to health equality this election year.
National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today welcomed the groundswell of support and called on the government to recommit to closing the health equality gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous AustraliansRead(pdf 51.49 KB)
Government at risk of failing on close the gap without renewed commitment and an address to racism in the health system
National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights – ANTaR, today expressed concern that government’s closing the gap strategy would not work without dedicated funding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan, new targets, and stamping out racism in the health system.Read(pdf 113.73 KB)
Close the Gap - Progress and Priorities Report 2016
The message from the Close the Gap Campaign is clear. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequality is an issue of growing national concern. We can and want to be the generation that closes the gap but we must stay the course and keep our attention and resources focused on this goal. The health gap has rightfully been described as a stain on our nation, and this generation has the opportunity and responsibility to remove it.Read(pdf 1.15 MB)
Record numbers register in support of National Close the Gap Day
The call to end to health inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians continues to get louder, with a record number of events being held nationwide on Thursday 19 March to mark National Close the Gap Day. If you haven't got an event to go to, join ANTaR, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Oxfam at the National Close the Gap Day Picnic in Redfern Park at 12pm until 2pm.Read(pdf 247.5 KB)
Government must match commitments with investment to close the gap
As the Prime Minister delivers his closing the gap address to parliament today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR is calling for increased investment and certainty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and organisations.Read(pdf 79.65 KB)
Time for a re-think on Budget Cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anti-smoking Programs
“Lives may be lost or at best severely shortened by budget austerity measures that cuts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander anti-smoking campaigns,” Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Co-Chair of the Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee said today.Read(pdf 238.81 KB)
ANTaR supporters remind the Government that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality is a National Priority
ANTaR supporters will join the expected 150,000 people gathering around the country today to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality on National Close the Gap Day.
The Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic at Prince Alfred Park, coordinated by ANTaR in partnership with Oxfam, will be one of the record 1250 events taking place across the country.Read(pdf 1.07 MB)
Government must build on the Close the Gap platform
ANTaR has today welcomed the delivery of closing the gap report by the Prime Minister and called for strong action to build on a nationally coordinated effort to Close the Gap.Read(pdf 92.51 KB)
Call for incoming government to commit to Close the Gap
The Close the Gap Campaign Committee have released their briefing paper, calling for an incoming government to priortise a renewed COAG National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap and action on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan to ensure progress on closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians.Read(pdf 346.6 KB)
Submission to the Northern Territory Government on the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill 2013
In this submission ANTaR argues that the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill 2013 fails in multiple ways to constitute an appropriate, evidence-based response to the need to address the unacceptably high numbers of chronically alcohol dependent adults in the Northern Territory.Read(pdf 70.45 KB)
Federal Budget: Aboriginal Health funding welcomed but Closing the Gap still under threat
Last night’s budget maintained the Federal Government’s commitment to close the 10-17 year life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.Read(pdf 92.89 KB)
Ian Thorpe Open Letter
In an open letter Close the Gap patron Ian Thorpe called for all state and territory governments to contribute their fair share and commit to renewing the ‘National Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes’.Read(pdf 631.68 KB)
ANTaR Submission to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Plan
This submission is intended to complement the Close the Gap Steering Committee submission. It includes some brief comments on the Health Plan Discussion Paper before emphasising some additional priorities that should be addressed in the Health Plan. Due to capacity constraints, we engage principally with the areas that are within ANTaR’s current strategic agenda.Read(pdf 189.62 KB)
Symbolic and practical actions must go hand in hand
ANTaR has today welcomed the Prime Minister’s recognition that practical and symbolic actions to advance reconciliation are “inextricably linked” and welcomes the announcement of funding to continue building community support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.Read(pdf 130.26 KB)
Genuine partnership essential for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
ANTaR today welcomed the Government's commitment to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop a national plan to improve health equality.Read(pdf 45.83 KB)
People power must persist for Gap to Close
The National Director of ANTaR, Jacqueline Phillips, says the large gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in life expectancy and life opportunities will only close if the public pressure on politicians persists for many more years.Read(pdf 44.01 KB)
ANTaR welcomes ongoing commitment to deliver on Closing the Gap targets
ANTaR has welcomed the Prime Minister’s release today of the third annual Closing the Gap report. Acknowledging its commitment to stay the course to close the gap in Indigenous life expectancy, ANTaR said that progress to date shows how essential it is for governments to sustain investment towards achieving these goals.Read(pdf 50.49 KB)
Push for Budget surplus must not impede increasing investment in Closing the Gap
ANTaR has called on the federal Treasurer to make sure that necessary funding increases to address the unmet needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are not sacrificed in the push to quickly return the Budget to surplus.Read(pdf 51.59 KB)
Opinion Piece: Aboriginal health restored to its proper priority
The Prime Minister’s announcement of her new Ministry last Saturday provoked an anxious response from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector. Without explanation, the Indigenous Health Ministry had dropped off the list.
The sector was left wondering whether this signaled a downgrade in the priority accorded to Aboriginal health under the new Gillard Government.
A number of organisations, including ANTaR, publicly expressed their concerns about this change and the shift it seemed to signal.Read(pdf 72.35 KB)
ANTaR welcomes change of heart on Indigenous Health Minister
ANTaR is delighted that the Prime Minister has decided to retain The Hon Warren Snowdon MP as dedicated Indigenous Health Minister to work in collaboration with the Health Minister, Nicola Roxon.Read(pdf 84.58 KB)
Indigenous health must remain key focus
Responding to the announcement of the new Labor Government Ministry, ANTaR has expressed concern at the loss of a dedicated minister for Indigenous health.Read(pdf 90.23 KB)
Success Stories in Indigenous Health - A showcase of successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health projects
Success Stories in Indigenous Health - A showcase of successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health projects was released in 2007, in the early days of the Close the Gap campaign, to demonstrate that positive change was possible in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.Read(pdf 1.2 MB)
Election 2010: Towards justice, rights and reconciliation?
In this Election Analysis, ANTaR argues that Indigenous issues scarcely rated a mention until the release of Indigenous election statements late in the campaign, which received limited media coverage. Due to the lateness of their release, Aboriginal people in many remote areas had started voting well before the major parties’ policies on Indigenous issues were known. The highlight of the campaign was the affirmation by all major parties of their support for constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples with firm steps towards its achievement proposed. ANTaR warmly welcomed these commitments.Read(pdf 84.55 KB)
NRL shows leadership to Close the Gap
As the NRL’s Close the Gap round kicks off this weekend, ANTaR congratulates the code for walking the talk to achieve health equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.Read(pdf 76.75 KB)
Close the Gap Partnership Paper 2010
Genuine partnership exists when two or more parties join together to work toward a common goal; it is a process of shared decision making, of negotiated outcomes, and of mutual respect. It is an ongoing process, and one that requires sustained effort to maintain over time. At its heart, working in partnership means that both parties have genuine influence - not only in identifying issues and developing solutions, but also in determining the form of partnership.Read(pdf 411.55 KB)
ANTaR Pre-Budget Submission 2013-14Archive
In this submission, ANTaR outlines key expenditure priorities for the 2013-14 Federal Budget. These recommendations are designed to promote community and economic development, advance human rights and address the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.Read(pdf 331.81 KB)
Pre-Budget Submission 2012-13Archive
In this submission, ANTaR outlines key expenditure priorities for the 2012-13 Federal Budget. These recommendations are designed to promote community and economic development, advance human rights and address the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.Read(pdf 456.83 KB)
ANTaR, Submission to Federal Budget 2011-12Archive
In this submission, ANTaR outlines key priorities for the 2011-12 Federal Budget. The funding and expenditure recommendations in this submission are designed to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage, promote community and economic development and advance human rights.Read(pdf 173.68 KB)
ANTaR Election Priorities 2010Archive
In this paper, ANTaR outlines key policy priorities affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and calls on all parties to commit to reforms, programs and funding designed to advance justice, rights and reconciliation.Read(pdf 56.85 KB)