How to access the data

This guide is to assist with navigating the Closing the Gap Information Repository to access the data that are currently available on the Dashboard.

The Dashboard includes the 4 Priority Reform areas and 17 socioeconomic outcome areas as currently specified in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap (the Agreement). Each area has at least one agreed target indicator and a number of supporting indicators (in the Agreement these supporting indicators are variously referred to as Indicators, Outcome indicators, Drivers and Contextual information). Data will be added to each of these areas over time.

Users of the data are also encouraged to view the material on How to interpret the data.

For the 17 socioeconomic outcome areas there are data for each of the target indicators (one area has two indicators for the target). The following data and related material are now available on the Dashboard for these targets:

  1. baseline year data — the data year from which progress will be measured at the national level
  2. new year data for a subset of the targets — not all targets have new data available
  3. national trajectories — these straight-line trajectories show a potential pathway from the baseline to the desired ‘end point’, they show us the direction and speed of change needed from today to meet the target in future1
  4. estimated regression lines — these estimates show the trend line that best fits the data from the baseline to the current period and show the potential pathway in future should this trend continue
  5. assessments of progress — for those targets with new data available since the baseline year
  6. disaggregations — for those targets with new data available since the baseline year
  7. data technical specifications.

The image below (using CtG 3) illustrates where the items above can be found on the Dashboard.

How to find available data

Data are not yet available on the Dashboard for the:

  • targets under the 4 Priority Reforms
  • supporting indicators for the Priority Reform areas or socioeconomic outcome areas.
  1. A trajectory for the target on digital inclusion is yet to be developed. This target is based on achieving parity and data are not currently available for non-Indigenous people. Locate Footnote 1 above

The data are available in different formats on the Dashboard:

  • Visually (Tableau)
    • Tableau is used to present the data in a visual format (in this case, as charts or tables).
    • For the target indicator, the visualisations show the baseline data, current year data (where there are more recent data available), and national trajectories and national targets (where available).
    • For the target indicator, an assessment of progress from the baseline (improvement, worsening or no change) is provided, and where there is improvement at the national level an assessment of whether the target indicator is on track or not on track to be met.
    • For the disaggregations, the visualisations show the target indicator disaggregated by selected variables (such as sex and remoteness area) from the baseline year (where available).
    • The presentations allow you to change your view at the national, state and territory level by checking the tick boxes for selecting individual states and territories.
    • For the embedded Tableau dashboards there is a suite of supplementary buttons that allow you to interact with the dashboard in different ways:
      • Data point options Select a datapoint on the tableau dashboard, in the tooltip you can choose to exclude the given datapoint or display only that datapoint.
      • Revert icon After interacting with the dashboard select this icon to revert the dashboard to its default settings.
      • Undo and redo icons After interacting with the dashboard select the leftward or rightward arrow to undo or redo the previous interaction.
      • Share icon Select this icon to share the link for the Tableau Public via social media channels.
      • Download icon Select this icon to download the contents of the dashboard (For further information on the visualisations (and underlying data) that can be downloaded please see Step 4 below).
      • Fullscreen icon Select this icon to enter full-screen mode.
      • Tableau public icon Select this icon to view the dashboard in Tableau Public
  • In data tables (Excel)
    • Excel is used to provide data in a neatly formatted way that makes it easy to understand.
    • These tables are located at the bottom of each socioeconomic outcome area page on the Dashboard and can be downloaded (see Step 4b below).
  • In a machine readable flat file (CSV)
    • Comma-separated values (CSV) files provide the same data and information as the Excel files but in a different format that allows users to more easily import and export data between these files and other applications.
    • CSV files are located at the bottom of each socioeconomic outcome area page on the Dashboard and can be downloaded (see Step 4b below).

There are five steps for accessing data.

  • Steps 1 and 2 guide you to where the data are located, through the Dashboard to the individual outcome area of interest.
  • Once in the outcome area of interest:
    • Step 3 guides you to information about how the data are measured.
    • Step 4 explains how to access the data presentations for the outcome area, for the target indicator visual presentations (4a), disaggregation visual presentations (4b) and the data files (Excel and CSV) (4c).
    • Step 5 explains how to print and/or download a copy of what you see on the screen.

Step 1. Getting to the Dashboard

Visit the Closing the Gap Information Repository webpage

Click on the Dashboard tab

About, Dashboard, Annual data report, How to, Definitions tabs

Step 2. Locating area of interest

Select a Priority Reform area or a socioeconomic outcome area (note data are only currently available for the targets under the socioeconomic outcome areas)

Click on one of the Priority Reform area boxes (purple) or socioeconomic outcome area boxes (green)

Purple box: Priority Reform 1 - Formal partnerships and shared decision-making Green box: Outcome area 1 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enjoy long and healthy lives

Step 3. Target definitions and measurement

To access information about how the target is defined and measured, click on the target data specifications tab underneath the target indicator data visualisation. This information is important in understanding how to interpret the target and associated disaggregations.

Click on the target data specifications tab

Target data specifications (click to show detail)

Step 4a. Viewing the target indicator data

To view the data as a visual presentation or in table format, click on the first or second tabs respectively in the target indicator data visualisation. Click on the third tab to read a description of the data.

Chart with three tabs at the top, first tab Figure CtG6.1 highlighted

Choose how data are to be presented by jurisdiction (where available)

Select one or more jurisdictions, or all jurisdictions by clicking in the relevant box (multiple choices are possible)

Select jurisdiction(s): All, Aust (checked), NSW, Vic, Qld, WA, SA, Tas, ACT, NT

To download the visualisation or data that sit behind the visualisation, click on the 'Download' icon at the bottom of the visualisation.

[Note re Browser: if wanting to download the data behind the visualisation you first need to click in the figure if using Chrome or a data point within the figure if using Edge.]

Click on the Download icon at the bottom of the visualisation

Tableau toolbar - icons show Undo, Redo, Reset, Share, Download (highlighted), Full screen

Select your preferred file format

Download box. Select your file format. Image (selected), Data (greyed out), Crosstab, PDF, PowerPoint, Tableau Workbook

If selecting PDF in pop up box, select ‘Unspecified’ as page size, then select Download.

Step 4b. Viewing the disaggregations for the target indicator data

To view the disaggregations, click on the Disaggregations tab underneath the Target indicator data visualisation.

  1. Click on the ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’ or ‘Non-Indigenous’ buttons to select which population to display the disaggregations.
  2. Click on the national or selected state or territories buttons to select which jurisdiction to display the disaggregations.
  3. Click on the ‘Show’ or ‘Hide’ data tables buttons to select whether or not to display data tables directly under the figures.

The image below (using CtG 3) illustrates the three selections for displaying different data within the Disaggregations tab on the Dashboard.

Disaggregation selection options.

To download the visualisation or data that sit behind the visualisation, click on the 'Download' icon at the bottom of the visualisation.

[Note re Browser: if wanting to download the data behind the visualisation you first need to click in the figure if using Chrome or a data point within the figure if using Edge.]

Click on the Download icon at the bottom of the visualisation

Tableau toolbar - icons show Undo, Redo, Reset, Share, Download (highlighted), Full screen

Select your preferred file format

Download box. Select your file format. Image (selected), Data (greyed out), Crosstab, PDF, PowerPoint, Tableau Workbook

If selecting PDF in pop up box, select ‘Unspecified’ as page size, then select Download.

Step 4c. Downloading data tables

To download data in Excel or CSV formats:

Scroll to the bottom of the Target page to Material for download. To open and download the data, click on the Excel (XLSX) file or the CSV file

Material for download. Excel icon, filename with XLSX highlighted. CSV icon, filename with CSV highlighted.

Step 5. Printing and downloading what you see on the screen

There is a Print/Download button on the top right hand corner of each webpage.

Clicking on this button will print the entirety of the screen that is open and expands and prints the Target data specifications and all other text references on the page.

Please note that for the screen view (print or download) the view in the visualisation is limited to data for Australia (ie national totals) only.

Click the Print/Download button at the top of the page to print the text on the page or select Save as PDF in the print window to download a copy

Print/Download button