The Government is on track to achieve its first Closing the Gap target later this year. The Government has made substantial investments to address Indigenous disadvantage since 2008, and is delivering on its unprecedented long term commitment of $3.4 billion over ten years for the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory.
Closing the Gap
The Government is expected to reach its first Closing the Gap target later this year. As a result, all Indigenous four year olds in remote communities will have access to early childhood education. Building on this momentum, the Government is recommitting to National Partnerships in Indigenous Health and Remote Indigenous Internet Access.
The Australian Government will provide $777 million for a new National Partnership (NP) on Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Outcomes. An important outcome of the current NP has been a substantial rise in preventative health checks for Indigenous Australians.
DisabilityCare and Education
Indigenous Australians will also benefit significantly from the Government's signature investments in DisabilityCare Australia and school education, as announced in this Budget.
The commitment to launch DisabilityCare Australia across South Australia from 1 July 2013 for young children and in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory from 1 July 2014 will provide Indigenous Australians living in remote communities with significant and permanent disability with the support they need.
Under the National Plan for School Improvement, a loading for Indigenous students will be directed to specifically
improve Indigenous outcomes, in addition to a range of other loadings for disadvantaged students.
Representation and Support
The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples a strong national voice on issues that affect them. The Government continues to support Indigenous representation with a further $15 million over three years from 2014‑15.
The Cape York Welfare Reform has created incentives to re establish positive societies and reduce welfare dependency. The Government continues to support the reforms with funding of $24.5 million over three years.