Indigenous Australians face health and education challenges

Indigenous Australians face health and education challenges

Indigenous Australians face health and education challenges

Posted 30 January 2009, 8:31 AEST

A comprehensive report on government services shows indigenous Australians are disadvantaged in almost every health and educational indicator.

The Productivity Commission has reviewed services provided by the Federal Government and the state and territory governments.

The data paints a gloomy picture for the nation's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Indigenous students are less likely to meet national benchmarks in reading, writing and numeracy, and they are less likely to stay in school.

Indigenous Australians are 20 times more likely to end up in prison than the average Australian and they likely to die at a younger age.

The rate of children needing protection is seven times higher than the national average.

The data is unlikely to surprise governments, but it shows the Australian government has a long way to go in keeping its commitment to 'closing the gap.'