The VAAF is Victoria’s state plan for Closing the Gap and achieving better outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians by undertaking systemic and structural transformation to enable self-determination.
At the national level, the Victorian Government continues to work with all jurisdictions and the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations to develop a National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
As part of these conversations, we will work to ensure the National Agreement on Closing the Gap complements the VAAF so that government efforts at both the state and national level are aligned.
Future annual reports will include information about how Victoria is tracking against its commitments under the VAAF and the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap. This will ensure we are providing consistent information on the Victorian Government’s efforts to improve outcomes and are accountable to Aboriginal Victorians at both the state and national level.
About this Report and the collation of data
This Report provides the latest available information about how the Victorian Government is progressing against the six domains and 111 measures in the VAAF. The majority of data reported provides an assessment of progress from 2008 (or closest to) until 2018-19. Where data is available, the baseline year is 2008 as this was the year in which the National Indigenous Reform Agreement was established.
As a first preference, the data has been sourced from annual administrative collections. If this is not available, survey data has been used, for example for most non-service related measures not directly collected and reported on by the Victorian Government. This data has primarily been sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) and Health Survey (NATSIHS) for Aboriginal Victorians; and General Social Survey (GSS) and National Health Survey (NHS) for comparison with non-Aboriginal Victorians. The use of survey data means the latest year of available data varies across the Report, particularly given the latest NATSISS and GSS data is from 2014-15.
It should be noted that some of the data reported against the VAAF measures do not directly align with the measure definition due to the limitation of data published in the public domain.
Improving Aboriginal data quality and accessibility
Government is striving to improve the quality, accessibility and use of Aboriginal data. As a first step, we are working to enhance Aboriginal status across a range of outcome measures used in the VAAF. This is critical because Aboriginality is often missing or reported inconsistently in key datasets which inhibits the government’s ability to understand and accurately report on how Aboriginal Victorians are faring on key outcomes.
Government is also working on the commitment in the VAAF to improve data access, transparency and narration through developing a data dashboard to publish disaggregated data from the annual Report. We are in the preliminary design phase and will seek to implement what we heard during community engagement on the VAAF; better data access and a more empowering narrative. It is anticipated the data dashboard will be available from 2020.
|ABS||Australian Bureau of Statistics||NATSIHS||National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey|
|ACAC||Aboriginal Children in Care||NATSISS||National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey|
|ACARA||Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority||NCVER||National Centre for Vocational Education Research|
|ACCHO||Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation||NDA||National Disability Agreement|
|ACCO||Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation||NDIS||National Disability Insurance Scheme|
|ACHLMA||Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Land Management Agreement||NHS||National Health Survey|
|AIHW||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare||Partnership Agreement||Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap 2019-2029|
|Assembly||First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria||PCV||Preventing the Cycle of Violence|
|AWDI||Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative||PEIC||Prevention and Early Intervention Coordinator|
|AYCP||Aboriginal Youth Cautioning Program||RAP||Registered Aboriginal Party|
|BADAC||Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative||SHS||Specialist Homelessness Services|
|COAG||Coalition of Australian Governments||SHSC||Specialist Homelessness Services Collection|
|Coalition of Peaks||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations||SSG Diversity||Sex, Sexuality and Gender Diversity|
|CUST||Cultural Understanding and Safety Training||TOS Act||Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010|
|DELWP||Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning||Treaty Act||Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Act 2018|
|DHHS||Department of Health and Human Services||UNESCO||United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization|
|DJCS||Department of Justice and Community Safety||VAAF||Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework|
|FTE||Full-time equivalent||VACCHO||Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation|
|GSS||General Social Survey||VACL||Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages|
|Heritage Act||Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006||VAEAI||Victorian Aboriginal Education Alliance Incorporated|
|JVEN||Jobs Victoria Employment Network||VAHS||Victorian Aboriginal Health Services|
|KMS||Koorie Maternal Services||VCAL||Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning|
|LAN||Local Aboriginal Network||VCE||Victorian Certificate of Education|
|LGBTI||Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex||VET||Vocational Education Training|
|MCH||Maternal and Child Health||VPS||Victorian Public Sector|
|MDAS||Mallee District Aboriginal Service||VSL||Victorian School of Languages|
|NAPLAN||National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy|
Reviewed 30 December 2019