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Closing the Gap Improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. I see closing the gap as a genuinely important national goal… that all Australians will have the same opportunities The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, 9 February 2011.
I see closing the gap as a genuinely important national goal… that all Australians will have the same opportunities
The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, 9 February 2011
Twice as many Indigenous children will die before the age of 5
8 times more Indigenous children are likely to be under care and protection orders
13 times more Indigenous people are likely to be in prison
An Indigenous man can expect to live to 63, an Indigenous woman to 73 whereas a non-Indigenous man lives to 88 and a non-Indigenous woman to 89
30%–50% of the life expectancy gap is due to factors other than health, especially education and employment
A person’s wellbeing and quality of life are directly related to DEEWR’s work
Disadvantage accumulates. The longer or more frequently a person experiences ill-health or poor social and economic circumstances, the lower their quality of life overall and life expectancy
The median age for Indigenous Australians is 21 years compared to 37 years for non-Indigenous Australians
4 in 10 Indigenous Australians are aged less than 15 years compared with 2 in 10 non-Indigenous Australians
5 in 10 dependent children living in Indigenous families, live in one parent families compared with
2 in 10 dependent children living in non-Indigenous families
6 in 10 Indigenous Australian adults identify with a clan, tribal or language group
1 in 9 Indigenous Australian adults speak an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language as their main language at home
Three-quarters of Indigenous Australians live in major cities or regional areas of Australia, compared to almost all of non-Indigenous Australians
32% of Indigenous Australians live in major cities (vs 69% of non-Indigenous), 43% live in regional areas (vs 29% of non-Indigenous), and 25% live in remote areas (vs 2% of non-Indigenous)
The Indigenous population is likely to become more urbanised. The greatest increase in the Indigenous population to 2021 is expected in major cities (up 50%) and regional areas (up 46%), with limited growth in remote Australia (up 14%).
Ensure all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities have access to quality early childhood education by 2013
Why is this target important?
Halve the gap for Indigenous students in reading, writing and numeracy by 2018
Halve the gap for Indigenous 20-24 year olds in Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates by 2020
Halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non‑Indigenous Australians by 2018
The work we do is interconnected