Ways the lives of Aboriginal residents could be improved were discussed at a Closing the Gap consultation held in Dubbo on Tuesday.
About 46 Aboriginal community members took part in the consultation, which was organised by the NSW Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Closing the Gap is a government strategy to reduce disadvantage, which began in 2008 after former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to Aboriginal people.
The 'gap' refers to statistics which show Aboriginal children are less likely to attend school than non-Aboriginal children, less likely to complete Year 12 and more likely to die at a young age than when compared to non-Aboriginal children. Other areas where gaps exist include: employment, early childhood education and life expectancy, where Aboriginal people are expected to die almost a decade earlier than non-Aboriginal people.
A new agreement on Closing the Gap will be developed between Aboriginal people and governments, based on feedback received at the consultations.