Closing the Gap

About Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap aims to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by ensuring we work in partnership with First Nations Australians to deliver change.

The National Agreement on Closing the Gap, signed by the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier and Minister for Trade, was launched on 30 July 2020 by the Prime Minister, Minister Ken Wyatt and Ms Pat Turner, lead convener of the Coalition of Peaks.

This is the first time a National Agreement has been developed and negotiated in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Agreement recognises that a shift in how we develop and implement government policies and programs is required for significant improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' life outcomes to be achieved.

For more information, please visit the national Closing the Gap website.

Queensland’s role in Closing the Gap

Queensland is home to the nation's second-largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The Queensland Government is working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through their representatives, at the national, state and local level, to ensure a focus on achieving long-term social and economic outcomes for Queensland’s First Nations peoples.

Underpinned by the Path to Treaty and Local Thriving Communities reforms, the Queensland Government is committed to reframing the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders, working to address historical and ongoing economic and social injustices, and recognising First Nations peoples’ sovereignty and right to self-determination.

Queensland’s 2021 Closing the Gap Implementation Plan

Queensland’s 2021 Closing the Gap Implementation Plan (PDF, 1.7 MB) 2021 Closing the Gap Implementation Plan (DOCX, 4.4 MB) and Attachment (DOCX, 728 KB) Attachment (PDF, 1.8 MB) documents how the Queensland Government is working to address the Priority Reforms and socio-economic Targets in the National Agreement, and how our progress will be evaluated.

The Implementation Plan reflects the Queensland context, and what we have heard from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about their ambitions for their lives and communities.

The Plan documents the ongoing significant structural reforms the government is implementing to change how we share decision-making with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

These structural reforms include:

  • progressing the Path to Treaty and Local Thriving Communities
  • establishing the Queensland First Children and Families Board
  • developing Queensland’s Framework for Action – Reshaping our approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Domestic and Family Violence
  • developing the First Nations health equity reform agenda.

Queensland's progress on Closing the Gap

At the national level, all jurisdictions are held accountable for progress on Priority Reforms and Targets through the Productivity Commission’s Closing the Gap national data dashboard and Annual Data Compilation Report (PDF). Jurisdictions are held accountable for progress on delivering on the commitments in the National Agreement through an Implementation Tracker.

The Queensland Government most recently released both a snapshot and a more comprehensive report describing progress in 2018 and 2019. Queensland will be releasing its first reports covering the new National Agreement in 2021.