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 specified in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Each area has at least one agreed target indicator and a number of supporting indicators. 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 18 targets (one area has two targets). The following data and related material are now available on the Dashboard for these 18 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. assessments of progress — for those targets with new data available since the baseline year
  5. data technical specifications.

How to find available data

Data are not yet available on the Dashboard for the:

  • disaggregations for the targets under the 17 socioeconomic outcome areas
  • 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 (target 17) 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).
    • The visualisations show the baseline data, current year data (where there are more recent data available), and national trajectories and national targets (where available).
    • They do not include assessments of progress (these are included in the Excel and CSV files — see below).
    • This presentation allows you to change your view at the national, state and territory level by checking the tick boxes for selecting individual states and territories.
    • The visualisations (and underlying data) can be downloaded (see Step 4a below).
  • In data tables (Excel)
    • Excel is used to provide data, by state and territory, including available data prior to the baseline year, in a neatly formatted way that makes it easy to understand.
    • These tables are located at the bottom of each Target area 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 Target area 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, both the visual presentations (4a) and the data files (4b).
    • 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 definition and measurement

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

Click on the Target data specifications tab

Target data specifications (click to show detail)

Step 4a. Viewing the data

To view the data as a visual presentation (where available) or in table format, click on the first or second tabs. Click on the third tab to read a description of the data.

Click on the first tab to view the data as a visual presentation, the second tab for table format or the third tab for a description

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. 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 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

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