Joint Media Release with Member for New England Barnaby Joyce
Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said $80,000 has been granted over two years focussing on parents or guardians of Aboriginal babies and children aged up to five years in the Glen Innes Local Government area.
Mr Joyce said the Parenting and Linkages Programme will be delivered by the Glen Innes Family and Youth Support Service Inc and delivery is scheduled to begin on 1 January, 2016.
He said a total of 10 children and their parents or guardian will be supported during the period of the project.
“The participants will be given support, guidance and education increasing their parenting and other skills to support their child/children to school readiness,” he said.
Mr Joyce said the funding would permit an Aboriginal Support Worker to be employed for 14 to 15 hours per week to work with families to achieve the outcomes of the Programme.
A Childcare fee subsidy will be offered to families who attend the Parenting and Linkages Programme.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Government’s investment through the IAS grant round had increased from $860 million to $1 billion, with 996 organisations to receive funding for over 1,350 projects throughout Australia.
“The increased investment through the grant round is the result of the Government honouring its commitment to provide longer funding agreements for important frontline services and ensure that any gaps that emerged as part of the round were filled as quickly as possible,” Minister Scullion said.
“This increased investment will help deliver on the Government’s key priorities of getting children to school and adults to work and making communities safer.”