Chapter 3 Closing the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment disadvantage in Australia
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the most disadvantaged group in the Australian community, which is a direct result of British invasion and their systematic exclusion from Australian society. Since 1967, successive Australian governments have attempted to correct these past policies by enacting policies to redress this disadvantage. One such policy is the 'Closing the Gap' (CTG) Strategy which was announced in 2009. CTG is a commitment by all Australian governments to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to reduce the disadvantage this group face. One of the objectives of this strategy when launched was to halve the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment outcomes within a decade (by 2018), however this initiative failed to produce results, for several reasons, including the federal Government's refusal to recognise the political philosophy of self-determination. This book chapter looks at the purpose of CTG, what policies have been enacted to close this gap, and what progress has been made in CTG on employment disadvantage in the Australian labour market.

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