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Priority Reforms

The new National Agreement on Closing the Gap is being built around four “Priority Reforms” to change the way governments work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and people across the country to accelerate improvements in Closing the Gap. The Coalition of Peaks have been clear from the outset that governments need to do more to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but importantly, governments also need to do things differently than in the past. The Priority Reforms are based on what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been saying for a long time is needed to improve the lives of our people.

When the new National Agreement is finalised, we will develop resources and materials that will help you talk to government officials in your communities about how to make the Priority Reforms work for you.

The Priority Reforms have arisen from the Partnership between Australian governments and the Coalition of Peaks; they respond to the voices and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and were overwhelming supported during the formal engagements in 2019.

The Priority Reforms also protect and support the strengthening of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through:

  • Ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander own governance and decision-making structures are supported.
  • Recognising community-controlled organisations are an act of self-determination where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people deliver services to their communities based on our own needs, cultures and relationship to land.
  • Confronting institutionalised racism in government mainstream institutions and agencies to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can access the services they need in a culturally safe way.
  • Sharing data and information with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have more power to determine their own development.
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Priority Reform 1

Developing and strengthening structures so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people share in decision making with governments on Closing the Gap

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Priority Reform 2

Building formal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled service sectors to deliver closing the gap services

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Priority Reform 3

Ensuring mainstream government agencies and institutions that deliver services and programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people undertake systemic and structural transformation to contribute to Closing the Gap.

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Priority Reform 4

Ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to, and the capability to use, locally relevant data and information to monitor the implementation of the Priority Reforms, the closing the gap targets, and drive their own development.

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