The Closing the Gap Data Project, funded by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), forms part of the initial delivery of Priority Reform Four of the 2020 National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Priority Reform Four recognises that access to regional disaggregated data is necessary for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make informed decisions about their lives and futures. It also supports the implementation of Priority Reform One (participating as equal partners with governments), Priority Reform Two (building the formal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled services sector to deliver closing the gap services and programs), and Priority Reform Three (ensuring all mainstream government agencies and institutions undertake systemic and structural transformation to contribute to Closing the Gap).
This project will pilot up to six regional data projects over three years so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations in that region can access disaggregated data at a local/regional level on Closing the Gap to support community development. The pilots will also provide the means by which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations in that region can collect and access other data which they consider important. Access to regional data will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to:
- Participate as equal partners with government and support the achievement of Priority Reform One agreed by the Joint Council on Closing the Gap.
- Drive their own development in order to develop local solutions for local issues and support the achievement of Priority Reform Two.
- Measure the effectiveness of mainstream organisations operating in their region and support the achievement of Priority Reform Three.
- ‘Tell their own story’ of their data. When communities can generate and use their own data, they are better placed to understand and interpret the results.
Professor Marcia Langton
Dr Kristen Smith
Dr Vanessa Russ
Dr Len Smith