The Productivity Commission has launched a tool that will continuously measure Australian governments’ progress toward addressing inequality experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Closing the Gap Information Repository will inform the reporting on progress across the four priority reforms and 17 socioeconomic outcome areas outlined in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
The repository includes a dashboard that presents data on the National Agreement’s targets, and an annual data compilation report. The report will provide a point-in-time snapshot of the dashboard material, and will be released on July 29.
Indigenous Australians minister Ken Wyatt said the information repository would provide the evidence base needed to effectively monitor progress toward closing the gap.
“This initiative brings all the data together into one place so that people can readily see the current situation and trajectories of indicators for each target, providing a level of transparency and access that we haven’t had before,” he said.
“This means people can clearly see what is working and what areas need more focus to meet our shared goals.”
Wyatt said the Productivity Commission would play a key role in keeping all parties to the National Agreement — which include federal, state, and local governments — accountable.
“Having baseline data available, adding to it as further data on targets and priority reforms becomes available, and adding data from jurisdictions’ annual reports will ensure progress on all outcomes can be openly tracked,” he said.
“The independent reporting from the Productivity Commission and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led reviews are important features of the National Agreement and we’re pleased this information is more readily available to support this.”