|Event Date:||Event Title:||Event Description:|
|Launch of Close the Gap Campaign||read more about Close the Gap|
|National Sorry Day||Sorry Day Speech
National recognition Australian Government's resposibility in plight of Indigenous Australians furthers awareness of Indigenous advocacy campaigns.
|Federal Statement of Intent to Close the Gap||Statement of Intent
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and leader of Opposition Brendan Nelson sign pledge with leading Health Org's to close life expectancy gap.
|Brumby Government signs on to Close the Gap||Similar statement to Federal Government signed by Victorian Government committing to address Indigenous inequality.|
|First Progress Report into "Closing the Gap" published by Victorian Government||Report
- Awarding 24 young Indigenous students$5,000 Education Scholarships to support them to complete VCE,
-From January 2009, up to 10hours per week of kindergartenis free for all Indigenous 3 and 4 year old children.
- Speeding up of Native Entitlement claims- Registering of Aboriginal Parties to assist Heritage Council increasing
- Statewide Indigenous Forum
|Victorian Government publishes Indigenous Framework 2010-2013||Framework
Brumby government releases plans for upcoming years with specific targets in maternal health development, economic development and education.
|Report into state of Victorian Indigenous Children published||Shadow Minister Powell's response)Shadow Minister Powell damns Brumby Government over report which finds Indigenous Youth:
-half as likely to have completed Year 12 between the ages of 20 and 24
-3 times more likely to be processed by police
-3 times more likely to have two unemployed parents
-twice as likely to suffer eye and ear problems
-over represented in the child protection system; and · more likely to be exposed to issues of substance use, violence, crime and psychological distress
|AMA publishes National report on Primary Healthcare Spending||Report
Spending in primary health care for Indigenous Australians versus non-Indigenous Australians made available by AMA show a difference of $236 dollars in spending outlay across Nation.
|Ted Baillieu wins State Election||Jeanette Powell elected Minister for Aboriginal Affairs|
|VicHealth releases summary of research into Victorian Indigenous Health||Read full report
Findings indicate continuing problems with preventable diseases, mental health and education.
|Close the Gap Day reaches record numbers||Read more|
|Oxfam Forum to review status of Close the Gap in Victoria||Details|
|Progress report on Closing the Gap by Baillieu Government due||While a progress report for 2009-10 has yet to be published, hopes exist that the State Government will release a report before October.|