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National Close The Gap Day (NCTGD) will take place at schools across Australia on Thursday 17 March 2016.

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

Health equality is everyone’s business, and we must continue to work together to ensure Indigenous health equality becomes a reality by 2030. Young people are at the forefront of this movement for change – they can see it’s their generation that is critical to maintaining momentum and creating long-awaited change.

Students and teachers across Australia represent a large percentage of Australians supporting National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD).

Check out how your school can get involved with NCTGD below: from hosting events to using our curriculum-linked school resources.

How can my school take part?

Hold a National Close the Gap Day event

School resources


Hold a National Close the Gap Day event

It could be a special school assembly, a lunchtime event, a class activity – anything you like! When you register, you can access free Close the Gap resources and materials including a How To Guide for Students which gives you all the information you need to run a successful event in your school.

Resources for hosting a National Close the Gap Day event:

Take the 30 for 2030 Challenge

Take the 30 for 2030 Challenge and collect 30 signatures from family, friends, teachers, workmates and other community members via the 30 for 2030 Challenge pledge form, in support of the Close the Gap campaign.

By getting your school involved, you’ll help increase the pressure on the government to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs are adequately prioritised and funded.

Download the ’30 for 2030′ pledge form.Teachers: Please print/photocopy the forms and distribute them to the student body.

Send completed pledge forms by post to:
Close the Gap Campaign – Oxfam Australia
132 Leicester Street
Carlton VIC 3053

Alternatively, you can and email them to: campaigns@oxfam.org.au

Instagram student photo challenge

Close the Gap with a Snap! In 2015, Australian high school students posted photos on Instagram to reflect five NCTGD themes and to go in the running to win some great prizes.

To see the 2015 winners and entries, check out this blog post or jump on Instagram and search the #ctgstudents hashtag.

The Instagram Photo Challenge 2016 is a great way for kids to engage with and explore Close the Gap themes in an easy, fun and creative way using ICT in schools.

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

To join the Close the Gap Day Instagram Student Photo Challenge, there are just four easy steps:

1. Follow @closethegapcampaign on Instagram

2. Check out the five themes listed on Page 11 in the ‘How to Guide for students

3. Once they’ve snapped their masterpiece it’s time to show us! Students just upload the photo to Instagram, apply a fantastic filter, add a caption.

4. This next bit is super important: Tag #ctgstudents, @closethegapcampaign in photo caption, so we know the photo is part of the competition.

Accounts must be set to public, or you have to request us to follow you (or we can’t see your photo). Students can use their personal accounts, or feel free to create a central account for your school/class and post their images from there.

At the end of every day, we judge the photos shared and give a shout out to our four favourite photos – The Daily Deadly Four. Every student or school whose photo is featured will go into the running to win some fantastic prizes at the end of the week. 2015 prizes included:

  • Thanks to JB Hi-Fi, one lucky winner won an Instax Mini Camera and film, an Extreme X Action Camera, and a Nikon Coolpix
  • Thanks to Oxfam Shop, one runner up won a year’s supply of Fair Trade Chocolate (52 blocks)
  • Thanks to JB Hi-Fi, one school won a deadly DVD pack including movies and TV series with an Indigenous theme like The Sapphires, Bran Nue Dae, First Contact and more

Prizes for 2016 will be announced soon!


School resources

Classroom resources:

  • NEW! Live Strong: Close the Gap is a free, education resource inspired by the Close the Gap campaign, for Year 7–10 students studying the newly endorsed Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education. Created in collaboration ACHPER , the resource 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.
  • Chatterboxes. Our chatterboxes are a fun way for students to discover facts about Close the Gap and health equality. The third chatterbox is designed to be used as a learning tool, to dig deeper into the 2016 Close the Gap video.

General Close the Gap resources:

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.

Teaching resources submitted by supporters

These great resources have been provided by supporters of the Close the Gap campaign.

Want someone from Oxfam to come and speak to your students about the Close the Gap campaign? If so, please fill out this form  and email Oxfam.

Please be aware that the Speaker’s Bureau requires three weeks notice to find an available speaker. While we try and send a speaker to most requests, we are not always able to meet requests due to limited resources.