Three reasons why the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians aren’t closing


This year’s Closing the Gap report tells a more positive story than the 2017 report on the seven measurable gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in the areas of health, education and employment.

  • Francis Markham
  • Nicholas Biddle

The Conversation

According to the government’s figures, the targets relating to Year 12 attainment, early childhood education, and child mortality are on track to be closed.

Mort 1aIn last year’s report, Year 12 attainment was on track, but child mortality wasn’t.

Early childhood education is a revised target, and 2018 is the first time trends can be monitored. The previous early childhood target was not met.

But the targets…

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