In July 2020, the Prime Minister, Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt and Lead Convenor of the Coalition of Peaks Pat Turner announced the signing of the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
The National Agreement on Closing the Gap is a commitment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and governments to work together to overcome the inequality experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and achieve life outcomes equal to all Australians.
It contains four priority reforms to change the way governments work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and 16 targets in areas such as education, employment, health and wellbeing, justice, safety, housing, land and waters, and languages.
For the first time, all governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations share responsibility for achieving targets. Frequent and independent reporting will help to track progress and increase accountability.
Read the National Agreement, July 2020
Read the National Agreement, how it will be delivered and how progress will be measured
The NSW Government committed $20 million over four years as part of the 2020-21 Budget to support the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
This includes the NSW Government’s commitment of $7.4 million to the national Joint Fund to grow the Aboriginal community controlled sector in the areas of housing, early childhood, health and disability.
The NSW Government is working in partnership with NSW Coalition of Peak Organisations (CAPO NSW) and other Aboriginal organisations including the NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances (NCARA) to develop the NSW Implementation Plan by July 2021. It will be informed by community consultations led by NSW CAPO.
The NSW Implementation Plan will include a 10 year overarching Plan, with four-yearly work plans that will be reported on annually.