Closing the Gap

The Commonwealth’s first Closing the Gap Implementation Plan will set a foundation for the Commonwealth’s efforts in achieving the targets in the National Agreement over the coming decade.

About the Plan

The Plan provides an overview of the Commonwealth’s existing actions that contribute to Closing the Gap as well as new investment and areas of future work. It is a whole-of-government plan, developed across the Commonwealth, and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners, in particular the Coalition of Peaks.

To drive the required action and momentum, the Australian Government is investing more than $1 billion toward Closing the Gap, including a $122.6 million package of early childhood measures and $126 million package of school-based measures. These measures complement a range of existing and mainstream initiatives to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across education, skills and employment outcomes.

Closing the Gap is a whole-of-government priority that requires commitment, accountability and action from all Commonwealth agencies. This Implementation Plan is the outcome of collaboration across the Commonwealth, with each agency identifying how it will embed the Priority Reforms and align its programs and policies to achieving the targets and outcomes for which it is responsible.

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Early Childhood Package

The Australian Government is investing $122.6 million to improve the lives of thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children through better access to quality early childhood education.

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Schools Package

The Australian Government is empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to reach their full learning potential by implementing a range of measures to accelerate progress toward closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in attainment of a Year 12 or equivalent qualification.

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For further information on the Closing the Gap Implementation Plan and other investments to support the delivery of the Plan, visit the National Indigenous Australians Agency’s Closing the Gap website.