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The Productivity Commission has released the Closing the Gap: Annual Data Report July 2021.

The report can be accessed HERE.

This is the first Annual Data Compilation Report to inform the reporting on progress under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

Central to the Agreement are four Priority Reforms that aim to change the way governments work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and are designed to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures.

These Priority Reforms commit Australian governments and the Coalition of Peaks to the following:

• Developing new partnerships that empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share decision-making authority with governments.

• Building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sectors to deliver services.

• Transforming mainstream government organisations to improve accountability and respond to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

• Improving the sharing of data and information with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations.