NSW CAPO's Closing the Gap Workshops

NSW CAPO Aboriginal Data Sovereignty and Governance Workshops 2024


To prepare for the workshops, please download and read the discussion paper.

Please note, notes will be taken during the workshops and these notes may inform the final report.

The final report will name communities and organisations that participated in the project, but will not attribute any specific comments or ideas to any individual or organisation.

Confidential and private information will be stored in files and folders that are password protected.


In this digital age, our stories and future are encoded in the data that surrounds us.

When Aboriginal communities have custodianship and governance of our data, we can demonstrate our sovereignty and reclaim narratives.

NSW CAPO is working with Aboriginal communities to transform NSW Data Ecosystems and make government-held data accessible to Aboriginal communities.

NSW CAPO's project on Aboriginal Data Sovereignty and Governance meets commitments within the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and the 2022-2024 NSW Implementation Plan for Closing the Gap, Priority Reform 4.

As part of embedding communities' voices at the heart of this work, we’re holding workshops around NSW to get your input.

Based on that input as well as research, and meetings with government and statutory bodies, we're preparing options for your feedback.

To have your say, please register for one of the workshops below. We want to hear your voices, and would love you to attend a workshop in your community.

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Background for Closing the Gap

In 2018, 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations wrote a letter to the Prime Minister calling for a new strategy for Closing the Gap in full partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This new approach, formalised in the 2020 National Agreement on Closing the Gap, is a commitment to a new way of working, where governments work in partnership with Aboriginal community controlled organisations to achieve meaningful change.

This Agreement is based around four Priority Reforms that fundamentally change how governments work with Aboriginal Communities and commits to achieve 17 Socio-Economic Outcomes that cover areas including health, education, justice, families, housing, land and water, languages and culture, and digital inclusion. In NSW, we have an additional Priority Reform about Economic Prosperity.

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Recent News

Release of Priority Reform 1.3 Report of Preliminary Findings,  January 31 2024  

NSW CAPO is excited to announce the release of its preliminary findings into funding required for effective partnerships between ACCOs and governments.

The Priority Reform 1.3 Report summarises key findings from research, consultation and engagement activities undertaken across the first stage of a larger project.

Insights gathered will shape a budget and disbursement model, addressing funding deficiencies to support ACCOs’ participation in future partnerships.

We welcome you to download your copy here: PR1.3 Report of Preliminary Findings

We've also prepared a Quick Read into the Report - available here PR1.3 Report Quick Read.

NSW Implementation Plan 2022-2024

The NSW Implementation Plan for 2022-24 was announced in August at the Wagga Wagga Aboriginal Legal Service. This plan outlines the policies, programs, and reforms that we will be implementing over the next two years to advance Closing the Gap in NSW.

The commitments in this NSW Implementation Plan were designed in partnership between NSW CAPO and the NSW Government and this plan builds on the first, baseline Implementation Plan that was released in 2021.

The plan addresses our commitments under each of the five Priority Reforms and the 17 Socio-Economic Outcomes, totalling 144 initiatives that we will be implementing over the next two years.

Focus Areas - Socio-Economic Outcomes

The 17 socio-economic outcomes have been identified in focus areas that include education, employment, health and wellbeing, justice, safety, housing, land and waters, and languages.

The Engagement Sessions group these reforms and outcomes into 13 focus areas that you can attend.

Register below for Updates on NSW CAPO and Closing the Gap

NSW CAPO and NSW Government are the New South Wales signatories to the Closing the Gap National Partnership Agreement and work in partnership with other organisations and agencies on Closing the Gap across the state.