January 28, 2023

According to the most recent annual report, the gap between First Nations Australians and non-Indigenous Australians continues to widen in terms of suicide rates and prisoners who are non-Indigenous.

Linda Burney, Minister for Indigenous Australians, will present the findings from the Closing the Gap 2022 report to parliament later today.

Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

It will be the first report after the national agreement on Closing the Gap came into effect. This report will reveal that many of the targets are not being met.

An agreement between the federal and coalition of peaks governments, all state and territorial governments, and the Australian local in 2020 Government The Association was formed. It was designed to renew the ways we work together to improve outcomes and outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

The groups came together to improve 18 socioeconomic outcomes, including education, employment and housing, justice and safety, land and water, culture, language, and connectivity.

However, only four targets have been met two years later. Fourteen are on the verge of falling behind and four more are becoming worse.

Worsening targets include a decrease in the number of school-ready kids, adult incarcerations as well as children in outpatient care and suicides.

Current targets include the number of healthy babies born and the number of pre-school children enrolled.

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