Closing the Gap - WA progress
In 2008, all Australian governments signed the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (NIRA). The NIRA, as endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), included six outcomes-based reform targets for 'Closing the Gap'. In 2014, COAG agreed to an additional target on school attendance.
Monitoring and measuring progress against the COAG targets is essential to continually improving performance to ensure they are achieved. Following the release of the 2015 National Closing the Gap report, the below report outlines Western Australia's progress against Closing the Gap. The Report builds upon the earlier baseline report Closing the Gap in Indigenous Life Outcomes Western Australia that was produced by the Department in 2010, and contains 24 performance indicators across six of the seven COAG endorsed building blocks:
- Early Childhood;
- Economic Participation;
- Healthy Homes; and
- Safe Communities.
COAG targets agreed to in 2008:
- Close the life expectancy gap by 2031.
- Halve the child mortality rate by 2018.
- That all four-year-old children in remote areas have access to early childhood education by 2013.
- Halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements by 2018.
- Halve the gap in Year 12 or equivalent attainment by 2020.
- Halve the gap in employment by 2018.
COAG target agreed to in 2014:
- Achieve 90 per cent student attendance rates by 2018.