National Close the Gap Day

National Close the Gap Day

National Close the Gap Day will take place on 15 March, 2018.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are dying 10–17 years younger than other Australians. Think about that ― a non-Indigenous child who started primary school this year may outlive an Indigenous student completing Year 12. Your school can do something to help change this.

Join the hundreds of thousands of students and teachers across Australia who are standing for health equality by holding a National Close the Gap day activity and participating in the Instagram student photo challenge!


Run a National Close the Gap Day activity

School resources

Run a National Close the Gap Day activity

It could be a special school assembly, a lunchtime event, a class activity – anything you like!


After registering, we will keep in touch with important National Close the Gap day updates – such as when our free, curriculum-aligned resources and materials become available!

In the meantime, we have plenty of online resources available to help you begin integrating Close the Gap into your 2018 planning.

School resources

Australian Curriculum-aligned classroom resources:

Live Strong: Close the Gap is a free, education resource inspired by the Close the Gap campaign. Written for Year 7–10 students studying the newly endorsed Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education the resource was created in collaboration ACHPER. It helps students explore issues surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, promote inclusivity and plan health practices and strategies to enhance their own health and the well-being of their communities.

Hands On Health – a free education resource, designed for for Yr 11 & 12 Health students, that includes various activities on Close the Gap and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues.

Chatterbox – a free educational resource that can be used in small groups to prompt discussion on issues surrounding National Close the Gap Day. In the larger classroom, groups can divide questions and then present the main points from their discussion.  The activity includes some basics on having a civil and empathic debate.

Australian Curriculum relevance

Our school resources have been produced to assist teachers integrate National Close the Gap Day in the classroom and address learning outcomes.  Discover how these resources link to the Australian Curriculum:

Our resources can also be used across subjects and learning areas such as English, Society and Environment, Health, Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography, Art, Social Justice and Indigenous Studies.

Close The Gap with a Snap – Instagram Student Photo Challenge

eight Instagram entries

Photo: A selection of the entries from Gladstone Park Secondary College/ Instagram @gladdyvcal16

Join our annual National Close the Gap Day Instagram challenge.

The Instagram Student Photo Challenge is a great way for kids to engage with and explore themes to do with Indigenous health equality in an easy, fun and creative way, using ICT in schools.

Our ‘no-faces’ photo policy also ensures the privacy and identities of all students participating in the challenge are protected.

How to participate:

  1. To take part in 2018 follow @closethegapcampaign on Instagram.
  2. Take a snap inspired by the daily theme
  3. Upload to Instagram using the tags #ctgstudents, @closethegapcampaign and don’t forget #yourschoolname! Feel free to write more about your photo in the caption


  • Day 1 (Tuesday 13 March): Resilience
  • Day 2 (Wednesday 14 March):  Vision & Ideas
  • Day 3 (Thursday 15 March):  Cooperation & Partnership
  • Day 4 (Friday 16 March): People Power

The Rules:

  • Follow us! @closethegapcampaign
  • Your account must be set to public for the week OR we must be following you. Ask us to follow you by sending us a Direct Message to our Instagram account @closethegapcampaign
  • No photos of people’s faces
  • Photos must be ones you have taken yourself  (no copywriter infringements)
  • Use the #ctgstudents hashtag in the caption so we can find your photo
  • Students and teachers in Australia only

The Prizes:

Straight Talk Hoodies

Happy snapping!

In 2017, hundreds of high school students from across Australia posted photos to Instagram to reflect five NCTGD themes. You can check out the winning entries online for some inspiration, and see more on Instagram using the #ctgstudents hasthag.