Australia is set to reduce the proportion of indigenous adults in prison and fall below the goal of bridging the life expectancy gap.
Data on how Australia is proceeding with attempts to address the disadvantages of indigenous people reveals a complete failure.
A productivity committee analysis released Thursday shows that efforts to close the life expectancy gap within 10 years have failed.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders boys and girls born between 2015 and 2017 are expected to be 8.6 and 7.8 years less than non-indigenous children, respectively.
The gap is smaller than it was 10 years ago, but Australia is not on track to fill the gap by 2031.
Another goal of achieving significant and sustained reductions in indigenous suicide rates is also off track.
Suicide rates in all states and territories except Tasmania and ACT increased from 24.9 to 27.1 per 100,000 between 2018 and 2019.
Attempts to reduce the proportion of indigenous children on home care by 45% and the number of adults by 15% have also failed.
Children accounted for 56.3 per 1,000 home caregivers last year, up from 54.2 in 2019.
During the same period, the proportion of adults in the prison population increased from 2077.4 per 100,000 to 2081.1 until June last year.
However, some aspects of indigenous health and well-being are improving.
Between 2018 and 2020, the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders children in juvenile detention decreased from 31.9 to 25.7 per 10,000.
Australia is expected to meet its goal of reducing rates by at least 30% within the next 10 years.
The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies born with healthy fertility is also expected to reach the 91% target by 2031.
Early childhood education rates rose to 93.1% last year and were expected to reach 95% by 2025.
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Details of Indigenous Peoples’ Disadvantages Failure | SBS News
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