16 July 2018

Submission to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet – consultation paper: Closing the Gap Refresh

This is a submission from the Centre for Independent Studies to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet addressing the Closing the Gap Refresh discussion paper. The Centre notes that while the targets set in 2008 for Closing the Gap in outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians were ambitious, and the task immense, the failure to meet the majority of targets implies there is a need for a reassessment of the underlying principles and structures of the Closing the Gap strategy. The Centre uses its recent research findings to focus on the importance of evaluation in ensuring that programs and services for Indigenous Australians achieve their desired outcomes. The submission also emphasises the importance of implementing a range of economic development targets.