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Friday, 14 February 2014

Closing the Gap report 2014

Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has delivered the 6th annual Closing the Gap report.

Key findings:

  • While there has been a small improvement in Indigenous life expectancy, progress will need to accelerate considerably if the gap is to be closed by 2031.
  • The target to halve the gap in child mortality within a decade is on track to be met.
  • In 2012, 88 per cent of Indigenous children in remote areas were enrolled in a pre-school programme. Data for 2013, to show whether the 95 per cent benchmark for this target has been met, will be available later this year.
  • New data on whether enrolled children are actually attending school should also be available later this year.
  • Progress against the target to halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade has been disappointing. Only two out of eight areas have shown a significant improvement since 2008.
  • The target to halve the gap for Indigenous people aged 20–24 in Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates by 2020 is on track to be met.
  • No progress has been made against the target to halve the employment gap within a decade.

Closing the Gap: Tony Abbott delivers mixed report card on Indigenous disadvantage (ABC)

PM Tony Abbott's Close the Gap full speech

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