NSW hosts national Closing the Gap meeting
Key Aboriginal and government leaders will be welcomed to Sydney today by Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin for the National
Joint Council on Closing the Gap.
The biannual meeting will continue the progress of the Australian Federal, State and Territory Governments to address Closing the Gap
priorities via genuine agreement and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities from across the
Mr Franklin said he is delighted to welcome colleagues from the Joint Council on Closing the Gap to Gadigal land for the Council’s ninth
“I extend a warm welcome to the Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney, Aboriginal Affairs Ministers from other States and
Territories, Council co-chairs and Aunty Pat Turner to Sydney as we work towards achieving socio-economic outcomes and
equal opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in this country,” Minister Franklin said.
“It will take all of us on Joint Council sharing responsibility with Aboriginal organisations and communities to realise long-term
generational change and equitable outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
“The NSW Government is committed to progressing work in the National Agreement and is proud of its achievements so far. I look forward to
progressing this critical agenda and demonstrating once again NSW’s commitment and contribution to the 10-year Closing the Gap agreement
at today’s meeting.”
The Joint Council is an important forum to monitor performance of actions made jointly under the National Agreement and provides direction
for future work that will be done hand in hand with Aboriginal communities to drive real and meaningful change across the state and country.
For more information on the Joint
Council Closing the Gap.