The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has listened to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their stakeholders.
On 12 December 2018, COAG committed to forming a genuine formal partnership with Indigenous Australians to finalise the Closing the Gap Refresh and provide a forum for ongoing engagement throughout implementation of the new agenda. The partnership will be based on mutual respect between parties and an acceptance that direct engagement and negotiation is the preferred pathway to productive and effective outcomes.
COAG issued a draft framework for Closing the Gap as a basis for further discussion with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. This framework includes a set of draft targets, accountabilities and reporting requirements and a way forward for the development of Commonwealth, state and territory action plans.
The refreshed Closing the Gap agenda will recognise and build on the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
COAG will ensure that the design and implementation of the next phase of Closing the Gap is a true partnership. Governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will share ownership of, and responsibility for a jointly agreed framework and targets and ongoing monitoring of the Closing the Gap agenda.
The finalisation of this framework and associated draft targets will be agreed through the formal partnership between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments and Indigenous Australians through their representatives.
Additional information is available on the COAG website