In March 2019, a formal Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap (the Partnership) was established between the Commonwealth Government, state and territory governments, the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations (the Coalition of Peaks) and the Australian Local Government Association. For the first time, Australian governments shared decision making with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak representatives to develop a new National Agreement on Closing the Gap (the National Agreement).
The Coalition of Peaks comprises over fifty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak organisations, formed for the purpose of negotiating with governments to develop the National Agreement. The Coalition of Peaks represent the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled service sector. Members of the Coalition of Peaks are accountable to their communities.
Governments acknowledge that equal participation in the implementation and ongoing monitoring of the National Agreement is essential to accelerate improvements in life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
For more information about each parties’ contribution to the Partnership, you can visit their respective websites:
The Commonwealth Government
The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations
State and Territory Governments
Australian Local Government Association
Partnership Health Check Reports
Parties have agreed to conduct annual health checks to assess the health of the partnership. Relevant documentation can be found below.