The Productivity Commission has recently launched a new $10.1 million Closing the Gap Information Repository, making available a data set for measuring the 17 targets agreed to in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said the new website is another step towards the Government’s commitment to share data and support more informed decision making by all parties to the National Agreement.
Minister Wyatt hopes that the Productivity Commission will play a role in keeping all parties to the National Agreement accountable. As well as supporting the comprehensive review of progress every three years and maintaining a data dashboard (presenting the most up-to-date information available); the website will publish an annual data compilation report.
Adding data from jurisdictions’ annual reports will be vital as most states and territories have not committed new financial resources that will alter the hoped for outcomes. Most recent budgets updates from states and territories have provided limited new money and additional federal money will hopefully be announced later this year as the recent federal budget did not make a significant contribution in Closing the Gap quickly.
The full information about the repository and dashboard is available on the
Productivity Commission’s website: pc.gov.au/closing-the-gap-data.