The Morrison government will not deliver a Closing the Gap statement next week, breaking a long-standing practice.
The statement has been an annual event, presented in parliament by the prime minister on a day as close to the date of the 2008 Stolen Generations apology as possible.
Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt said on Friday a statement would be delivered to parliament on February 15 marking the anniversary of the apology and outlining "the progress of key initiatives under way in the Indigenous portfolio".
However, he said the new Closing the Gap implementation plan would not be released until July, after which time reports would be provided annually.
He said this was consistent with an agreement reached last year.
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd earlier warned there were rumours the speech could be dropped.
"If that happens - and I hope it doesn't - prime minister Morrison is going to dodge that modest exercise in annual accountability," Mr Rudd said in a speech to the National Apology Foundation.
"There's no good reason why he shouldn't present a comprehensive report on the commonwealth government's progress on each of these targets next week."
Mr Rudd said the Morrison government's "refresh" of ways to improve Indigenous wellbeing had not lived up to the promises of a year ago.
The former Labor leader last year welcomed the coalition government's adjustments to the Closing the Gap strategy but set three benchmarks for its success.
They including practical targets, sufficient resources and a means for Australians to be able to judge the strategy's success or failure.
However he said the 16 targets, with a further four under negotiation, that had been set were deliberately fuzzy in the extreme.
He said the $47 million committed by the government in the October budget was inadequate and failed to restore funding that had been cut.
"The deficit this year will be $214 billion - seven times bigger than we left them," Mr Rudd said.
"And yet - despite shovelling money out the door at a rate of knots - there wasn't a dollar spent on social housing including Indigenous housing in this country, despite it being a proven economic multiplier."
The new agreement was inked in July last year by all levels of government and the Coalition of Peaks, a representative body of around 50 Indigenous groups.
Targets included closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2031.
The Productivity Commission was given the job of overseeing the new agreement and helping with annual progress reports and reviews.