Closing the Gap: A welcome shift in approach and shared leadership - which must be backed by sustained commitment on the ground

Date: 
18/02/2020

In the last week Australia’s parliamentarians showed real leadership. They did it by acknowledging the limited success governments had achieved and by recognising that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must be engaged and share authority to overcome Australia’s most enduring inequality.

The intent of Closing the Gap has always been good. Events around the 2020 Report to Parliament signalled a crucial shift and offered the promise that from now on processes, policies and programs will better match the intent: and that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership would be at the heart of it.

Parliamentary leaders agreed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must be involved in leading, designing and delivering services to meet their needs, support their aspirations and draw on the strengths of communities and culture to deliver real and lasting improvements. Read the full media release here.