In December 2018, COAG agreed to establish a formal partnership between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments and Indigenous Australians through their representatives.
In March 2019, COAG parties entered into a formal partnership between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations, and the Australian Local Government Association.
The Partnership recognises that shared decision making with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Closing the Gap framework is essential to closing the gap in life outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
COAG also agreed that ahead of endorsement by COAG, the Partnership – working through the Joint Council – will:
- Finalise Closing the Gap targets.
- Review the National Indigenous Reform Agreement.
- Develop an independent, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led approach to the three-yearly comprehensive evaluation and review of progress nationally and in each jurisdiction.
The Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap which governs this partnership came into effect on 22 March 2019.
Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak organisations
The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak organisations is a representative group comprised of around forty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peaks organisations that was formed for the purpose of negotiating the partnership arrangement with COAG.
For information about the Coalition of Peaks including eligibility for membership, visit: https://www.naccho.org.au/programmes/coalition-of-peaks/