Close the Gap Day 2020
Umwelt respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and specifically acknowledge the Traditional Owners of land, on which our Umwelt offices are located: the Turrbal People (Brisbane), the Whadjuk Nyoongar People (Perth), the Awabakal People (Newcastle), the Ngunnawal People (Canberra) and the Wiradjuri People (Orange).
Today Umwelt recognises National Close the Gap Day 2020. A collective virtual event was held between our NSW, QLD and WA teams to start a conversation around the Closing the Gap Campaign, its targets and Australia’s progress towards these targets.
Launched in 2007 to address the unacceptable gap in life expectancy and other health indicators between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians, the Campaign has achieved three of its seven targets according to the latest report released in February 2020. Australian governments have worked together since 2008 to deliver better health, education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to eliminate the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2030, with more than 200,000 Australians signing a pledge to support the Campaign.
Across our teams and service lines, Umwelt has played an important role in engaging with a wide range of Aboriginal communities and representatives to achieve positive outcomes. Particularly, our Cultural Heritage team has played an important role in facilitating cultural knowledge, engagement and employment through their work in Cultural Heritage Assessment, management and planning. Our social and environment teams have also worked with Indigenous stakeholders and groups across Australia through their EIS, SIA and engagement programs, community needs assessments and program evaluations. Below are a series of social indicators collected by our Social team that illustrate the gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians across a number of communities in which we have worked in QLD, WA and NSW.