Close the Gap campaign in Victoria

  • Close the Gap Campaign Officially launched

  • Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Sorry to Stolen Generation

    Sorry Day SpeechWider recognition of Sorry Day in Australia begins movements towards addressing issues such as those raised by the Close the Gap Campaign
  • Statement of Intent to Close the Gap signed by Federal Government

    Those that signed the petition:
    -Representative of the Australian Government (Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition leader Brendan Nelson)
    -National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
    -Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses
    -Australian Indigenous Doctors Association
    -Indigenous Dentists Association of Australia
    -Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
    -Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
  • Premier Brumby signs Statement of Intent to Close the Gap

  • First Victorian Government Progress report into Closing the Gap Published

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    Major achievments:
    - Awarding 24 young Indigenous students
    $5,000 Education Scholarships to support them to complete VCE,

    -From January 2009, up to 10hours per week of kindergarten
    is 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 2010-2013 Indigenous Framework released

    Full framework Brumby government releases plans for upcoming years with specific targets in maternal health development, economic development and education.
  • Report release by Victorian Government regarding status of Indigenous Victorian Children

    Findings indicate:
    half as likely to have completed Year 12 or equivalent if they are between the ages of 20 and 24;
    · three times more likely to be processed by police;
    · three 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 and have experienced racism and discrimination.
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare finds spending on Indigenous Australian health significantly lower than for non-Indigenous

    Review of spending for 2006-7
    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 at a Federal level.
  • Change of Government, Ted Baiilieu elected Premier

    Ted Baillieu elected Premier of Victoria. Jeannette Powell appointed Minister for Aboriginal Affairs .
  • National Close the Gap day has highest number of registered events ever

    Read more850 events are registered across Australia with ten of thousands taking part.
  • Oxfam Close the Gap Forum

    Public forum held to engage Victorians in review of State Government's approach to "Closing the Gap"
  • First Baillieu Gov't Progress report into 2010-2011 Aboriginal Affairs expected

    The 2009-2010 Progress Report is still yet to be released, but the past pattern of report release suggests the State Government will release by October.