Closing the Gap: Engagement and partnership with Indigenous people

Governments are committed to building respectful and collaborative relationships with Indigenous people, marked by open dialogue and mutual respect and responsibility.

Through improved engagement, Indigenous people are being made central to the design and delivery of services and programs. The aim is to build responsibility and capacity at the personal and community level and lay the basis for lasting change.

Connection to culture is also critical to personal and community wellbeing. Pride in culture plays a vital role in shaping people’s aspirations and choices. Closing the Gap recognises and builds on the strengths of Indigenous cultures and identities, with assistance from a range of cultural programs.

Government is also working to strengthen the cultural awareness and competence of policy makers and front-line staff.

Australian Government initiatives that are restoring and strengthening relations with Indigenous people include:

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