First meeting of Ministerial Council on Indigenous Affairs

  • First meeting of COAG Ministerial Council on Indigenous Affairs
  • The Council will bring together all Indigenous Affairs Ministers to focus national efforts including on the Closing the Gap refresh

Ministers from federal, state and territory governments will meet in Canberra today to focus national efforts on Indigenous policy.

This is the first meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Ministerial Council on Indigenous Affairs.

The Ministerial Council supports collaboration and all governments’ efforts in Indigenous Affairs across Australia, with a focus on the Closing the Gap Refresh, and engagement between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and governments.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said that the previous Closing the Gap process had little buy in from states and territories. The Turnbull Government understands that states and territories play a critical role in improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and that’s why it’s so important all governments come together if we are genuine about Closing the Gap.

“As we come to the tenth anniversary of Closing the Gap, we have an opportunity to redouble our efforts in the areas where we need to do better and develop a truly national, collaborative approach to improving the lives of First Australians.

We are committed to co-designing the Closing the Gap refresh and that is why the Council will hear from the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and discuss priorities and objectives for each state and territory over the next 12 months.

“I’m looking forward to working together to strengthen relationships, collaborate and demonstrate accountability across and within jurisdictions.”