Closing the Gap - Clearinghouse
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
The Australian Government will provide an additional $1.5 million over three years to contribute to building the evidence base required to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage. The Clearinghouse will collect, assess, store and disseminate information on best practice and success factors for closing the gap.
At the April 2007 meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), governments agreed to establish a national Clearinghouse on best practice and success factors for closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage. COAG agreed that a rigorous evidence base was required to underpin policies and interventions aimed at closing the gap. There is currently no single national repository of reliable evidence on the broad range of topics required to inform policy and practice aimed at improving Indigenous outcomes, nor is the quality of evidence currently assessed.
The Clearinghouse will provide a central repository of rigorously assessed and catalogued evidence giving governments and the wider community access to quality information. This will provide policy makers and program managers with an evidence base for achieving the Closing the Gap targets and related Indigenous reforms. Indigenous Australians will benefit through the delivery of policies and services which address Indigenous disadvantage more effectively.
The Clearinghouse will conduct systematic reviews of the research and evaluation evidence to provide a sound basis for developing policies and interventions aimed at closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage. It will also improve the coordination of research and identify priorities for future research and evaluation.
An open tender was released in January 2009 for the Clearinghouse services and tenders closed in March 2009. The Clearinghouse is expected to begin operation in the middle of 2009.
Total Government Funding
The Australian Government is providing $1.5 million over three years, which is in addition to the $1.0 million provided in the 2008-09 Budget, bringing the total funding by the Australian Government to $2.5 million over five years. This funding will be matched by funding from the States and Territories.