The Power of Indigenous Data
Government has recognised the importance of Indigenous Data to Closing the Gap, but datasets need to be community-driven and owned if they are to be most effective.
In mid-2020, the Australian Government outlined a new National Agreement on Closing the Gap which, for the first time, recognised the importance of better data in the ongoing policy effort to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
One significant aspect of the new agreement is the recognition of the potential for better data to improve outcomes for Indigenous communities.
Creating “shared access to data and information at a regional level” is one of the agreement’s four priority reforms.
Currently, when Indigenous community organisations design, deliver and evaluate services for their communities, they are heavily reliant on government data.
But this data has significant limitations.