The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations are encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their organisations, and networks to have their say on efforts to Close the Gap.
People can complete a survey available here by 25 October, and also read a discussion booklet and story.
There’s also a chance for face-to-face conversations in every state and territory.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples know what works best for us and now the conversation on Closing the Gap is changing because we are finally at the negotiating table,” said Pat Turner, Lead Convener of the Coalition of Peaks and CEO of NACCHO.
“Some communities, organisations and people may have attended government led meetings about Closing the Gap targets in 2017 and 2018, but this is different.
“This time the Coalition of Peaks are leading the discussion and we are now also talking about some important changes that we think needs to happen to improve our lives faster.
“And we have a seat at the table with governments so that they better hear what we are saying.”
The Australian Local Government Association is part of the Joint Council on Closing the Gap, which will meet again in November to report on progress made and agree on key recommendations to present at COAG.
ALGA’s policy commitments have long stressed the importance of addressing Indigenous disadvantage.