Education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Report 20: 2016–17)
Relatively low rates of employment contribute to the poor economic and social outcomes experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Increasing economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contributes to their improved health, education, and home ownership. This has a flow-on effect of promoting greater independence and improving life outcomes.
In 2007, the Commonwealth, states and territories agreed to a reform program to close the gap in various aspects of Indigenous disadvantage. Two targets in this national agreement are: