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'Close the Gap' Statement of Intent (Queensland)

Category: Event
Binomial Name: Queensland Government
Date: 29 April 2008
Sub Category:Statement of Commitment/Intention
Location:Queensland, Australia
Alternative Names:
  • 'Close the Gap' Forum
  • Indigenous Health Equality Summit Statement of Intent (Queensland)
  • Subject Matter:Health and Community Services
    Summary Information:
    The Queensland Government's 'Close the Gap' Statement of Intent was announced at the 'Close the Gap' Forum on 29 April 2008.

    The aim of the Statement of Intent is to improve the health and socio-economic outcomes for Indigenous Australians and thereby eliminate the difference between Indigenous disadvantage and non-Indigenous Australians. The Queensland State Budget for 2008-09 identifies the following six targets, established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Indigenous Reform Working Group, as a means of meeting this aim:

  • 'closing the life expectancy gap within a generation
  • halving the mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade
  • giving all four year olds in remote communities access to early childhood education within five years
  • halving the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievement within a decade
  • halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade
  • halving the gap for Indigenous students in Year 12 attainment or equivalent attainment rates by 2020.'

    This Statement of Intent follows a similar Statement of Intent undertaken by the Australian Government on 20 March 2008 (see link below).


  • Related Entries

    Organisation
  • State of Queensland
  • Council of Australian Governments
  • Event
  • 'Close the Gap' Indigenous Health Equality Summit Statement of Intent
  • 'Close the Gap' Statement of Intent (Victoria)

  • References

    Media Release
    Joint Statement: Premier The Honourable Anna Bligh and Minister for Health The Honourable Stephen Robertson (29 April 2008) Premier Announces Funding for Indigenous Health Hubs
    Newspaper Article
    Darren Coyne (7 May 2008) New Health Model Call
    Christine Howes (7 May 2008) On the Rocky Road to Closing the Gap
    Report
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and the Steering Committee for Indigenous Health Equality (2008) Close the Gap: National Indigenous Health Equality Targets: Outcomes from the National Indigenous Health Equality Summit: Canberra, March 18-20, 2008
    Publication
    Queensland Government (2008) Queensland State Budget 2008-09

    Glossary

    Statement of Commitment/Intention (Australia)

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