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Closing the Gap

The Closing the Gap allows you to search for a community (or other location) and access regional level statistics on and related to the Closing the Gap targets. You can use the dashboard to compare regions and look at trends over time, where possible.


Step 1: Search for a community or location of interest using one of the 3 search functions (outlined under 'Dashboard tips' below)

Step 2: Select a target to view statistics for using the drop-down menu above the dashboard

Step 3: Select a region type to view statistics for using the drop-down menu above the dashboard

In 2020, all Australian governments and the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations, including the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Association (NATSIHA), worked in partnership to develop the National Agreement on Closing the Gap (the National Agreement), built around 4 Priority Reforms. The National Agreement also identifies 19 targets across 17 socioeconomic outcome areas.

The National Agreement has identified the importance of addressing appropriate and affordable housing that is aligned with the priorities and needs of First Nations people (socioeconomic outcome area 9 in the National Agreement). There are 2 targets associated with this outcome, monitored annually by the Productivity Commission and reported in their Closing the Gap Information Repository Dashboard (PM&C 2020).

Searching for a community or location

You can search for communities in 3 ways:

  • by entering the community or location name into the search bar above

  • by using the interactive map in Search on map

  • by selecting the community or location name from the List of communities.

If you are not able to find the community or location name of interest, you can use the interactive map to select a region you want to view statistics for.

Selecting a target

Use the ‘Select target’ dropdown menu, located above the dashboard, to select a Closing the Gap target to view statistics shown on the dashboard for. The default target shown is ‘Target 1’.

Selecting a region type

The ‘Select region type’ dropdown menu changes the region type shown on the dashboard. You can view statistics for smaller or larger regions by choosing a different region type.

More help

For more information on navigating the dashboard, use the   button, located on the top right hand side of the dashboard (next to the ‘Select region type’ drop down menu).

Region types available

The range of available region types is different depending on the topic selected. This is because data for some targets allows a more detailed regional breakdown, than for others. 

The communities and other locations that can be found through the RIFIC regional overview search include the locations in the Australian Government Indigenous Programs & Policy Locations (AGIL) data set. The AGIL locations are referred to as Indigenous communities on RIFIC.

For detailed information about the region types statistics are presented for, go to Region types