National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 2003-2013

Appendix 3 – COAG National Framework of Principles for Government Service Delivery to Indigenous Australians, and the Overcoming

To ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy a healthy life equal to that of the general population that is enriched by a strong living culture, dignity and justice.

Page last updated: 30 August 2011

In June 2004, the Council of Australian Governments agreed to a National Framework of Principles for Government Service Delivery to Indigenous Australians as part of a commitment at all levels of government to cooperative approaches between agencies to maintain and strengthen government effort to address Indigenous disadvantage. The principles address:

  • sharing responsibility;
  • harnessing the mainstream;
  • streamlining service delivery;
  • establishing transparency and accountability;
  • developing a learning framework; and
  • focusing on priority areas
The priority areas of the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Framework developed by the Productivity Commission are:
  • early childhood development and growth;
  • early school engagement and performance;
  • positive childhood and transition to adulthood;
  • substance use and misuse;
  • functional and resilient families and communities;
  • effective environmental health systems; and
  • economic participation and development.