Have your say about what is needed to make real change in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations (Coalition of Peaks), together with Australian governments, has been leading discussions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on what should be included in a new national agreement on closing the gap.   

Lead convener of the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peaks Pat Turner AM with Hon Ken Wyatt MP, Minister for Indigenous Australians at the Joint Council meeting in Adelaide August 2019

As part of these discussions, an online survey was available so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities could tell us what was needed to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

The online survey was open from 25 September to 8 November 2019 and is now closed.    

A report on what was said will be prepared by the Coalition of Peaks, to be provided to governments and made public. The report will help us finalise the new National Agreement.   

Some of you may have attended government led meetings about refreshing the Closing the Gap targets in 2017 and 2018. You can read more about the government’s refresh here https://closingthegap.niaa.gov.au/.  This time the Coalition of Peaks were leading the discussion and we are now also talking about some important changes that we think needs to happen to improve our lives faster.    

In addition to the work with the Coalition of Peaks, some governments are taking further steps to set up new shared decision making and partnership arrangements with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. One example is what is happening in Victoria on Treaty https://www.firstpeoplesvic.org/. In Western Australia, the government is developing a whole-of-government strategy for Aboriginal Affairs and is transforming the way they engage with Aboriginal Western Australians, to find out more please go here. The Tasmanian Government are also changing the way they work with Aboriginal people http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csr/oaa/resetting_the_relationship in their state.  

More information, including the discussion booklet and illustrated story, is still available on this page so you can read about what the Coalition of Peaks is trying to achieve with governments  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the key agents of change in Closing the Gap and must be granted agency in the development and implementation of policies and programs that impact their lives.

Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap 2019