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Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage

In April 2002, the Council of Australian Governments commissioned the Steering Committee to produce a regular report against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage. The Steering Committee is advised by a working group made up of representatives from all Australian governments, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report measures the wellbeing of Australia's Indigenous peoples. The report provides information about outcomes across a range of strategic areas such as early child development, education and training, healthy lives, economic participation, home environment, and safe and supportive communities. The report examines whether policies and programs are achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

The latest edition of the report, Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2014, was released on 19 November 2014. Previous editions were published in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

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Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report
Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2014

This report measures the wellbeing of Australia's Indigenous peoples. The report provides information about outcomes across a range of strategic areas such as early child development, education and training, healthy lives, economic participation, home environment, and safe and supportive communities.

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2011

This fifth edition, nine years after this series was commissioned, shows there is still a considerable way to go if we are to fulfil COAG's commitment to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2009

The fourth report in the series indicates while the gaps are narrowing in some areas, in too many cases outcomes are not improving, or are even deteriorating. We still have a long way to go to fulfil COAG's commitment to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2007

This third Report in the series reveals that many Indigenous people have shared in Australia's recent economic prosperity, recording improved employment outcomes and higher incomes. There have also been welcome improvements in some educational and health outcomes for Indigenous children.

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2005

A Steering Committee report on the key indicators of indigenous disadvantage, undertaken at the request of the Council of Australian Governments.

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2003

A Steering Committee report on the key indicators of indigenous disadvantage, undertaken at the request of the Council of Australian Governments.

Consultations

Consultations are wide-ranging, including Indigenous leaders, organisations and communities across the country, as well as governments and academic researchers.