West Australian Government unveils historic Closing the Gap agreement

A historic move has been announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to expand the Closing the Gap agreement in efforts of reducing Indigenous imprisonment rates, suicides and the removal of children via the child protection system. 

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For the first time, Australia will commit to reducing Indigenous imprisonment rates, suicides and the removal of children via the child protection system under an historic expansion of the Closing the Gap agreement unveiled by the Prime Minister.

All state and territory governments have signed up to 16 targets as part of the national agreement. For the first time, the target areas will include justice, out-of-home care, suicide, language preservation, housing and land rights. This represents a significant broadening of the Closing the Gap agreement.

The plan will also include some existing or slightly modified targets around life expectancy, literacy and numeracy, pre-school enrolments, adult employment and year 12 attainment.

Communicare welcomes the announcement as we continue our commitment to working with First Nation's Australians and their communities to improve economic and social outcomes.

Our Innovation Reconciliation Action Plan is finalised and going to the Board in August for endorsement. This is an exciting development and will build on the work of our initial Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.

Our commitment to Closing the Gap resulted in the introduction of Closing the Gap training for all staff, delivered by Kooya Consultancy commencing in 2018. Additionally, our family and domestic violence, education, family support, employment and justice services all play a role in improving outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Communicare remains unwavering in its commitment to build better outcomes for Aboriginal people and communities.

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