New Closing the Gap targets and approach to be discussed by Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations.

Ethan FrenchFeature, News, Press Release

The Coalition of nearly forty Peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations will meet face-to-face in Adelaide today to discuss possible new targets and a new approach on Closing the Gap.

This is the first time that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives have come together in this way to talk about Closing the Gap targets that is not through government facilitated discussions.

We are pleased to be meeting in Adelaide where we have already started to see a significant change to the way the South Australian Government is working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations as part of the Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap. A strengthened South Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations Network met recently to work with the South Australian Government and the Coalition of Peaks on Closing the Gap.

Quotes to attribute to Coalition of Peaks Convener and NACCHO Chief Executive Officer Ms Patricia Turner AM.

  • “This is the first time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations have had an equal voice at the table on Closing the Gap so I expect that the conversation will shift to what we believe is needed to achieve it.”
  • “Given our lived experience and the work we do within our own communities, we are hopeful that our positions will continue to be received and considered by governments with open minds.”
  • “The Peaks have been hard at work reviewing the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) draft targets on Closing the Gap from December 2018, discussing changes and additional targets that may be needed. It will be important that we also get an opportunity to talk this through with our communities.”
  • “For the Peaks, the most important part of Closing the Gap going forward is not the targets but reviewing how we go about achieving them. The Peaks believe that the strengthening of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled sector to deliver Closing the Gap services and sharing decision making is very important in this regard.”
  • “We firmly believe that changing the way governments work so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia have shared decision-making on Closing the Gap will result in positive outcomes across the board.”


About the Coalition of Peaks

The Coalition of Peaks is a representative body comprised of around forty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peaks organisations that have come together to have their collective voice heard on issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Since the Closing the Gap framework and targets were first implemented in 2008, we have been calling on government to recognise the expertise that exist in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

In an historic agreement, the Coalition of Peaks has formed a Joint Partnership with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in order to collaborate on the Closing the Gap Refresh process. This is the first time that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices have not only been invited to the table, but have also been empowered with shared decision-making responsibilities.

The Partnership Agreement has now been signed by the Prime Minister. The Coalition of Peaks are beginning to work with the Joint Partnership to affect meaningful change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

More information on the Coalition of Peaks: www.naccho.org.au/programmes/coalition-of-peaks/

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