Closing the Gap
The objective of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap is to enable 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. The agreement has been developed in partnership between the Australian government and the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations.
The priority reforms of the agreement are:
- to strengthen and establish formal partnerships and shared decision-making
- build the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sector
- transform government organisations to work better for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- improve and share access to data and information to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to make informed decisions.
Supported by the Path to Treaty and Local Thriving Communities, Queensland’s partnership approach to Closing the Gap is underpinned by the strengths, knowledge and rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We understand the vital role that transport plays in achieving improved education, health and economic opportunities for Indigenous Australians in our cities and throughout regional Queensland.
By providing much-needed access to road, rail, sea and air transport, the department is well placed to provide education, training and employment opportunities for First Nations peoples right across the state.