The Australian Government will invest more than $860 million under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy’s (IAS) grant funding round to deliver on its key priorities of getting children to school, adults into work and ensuring communities are safe.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that under the IAS, 964 organisations would be funded to deliver 1297 projects to Indigenous people and communities throughout Australia.
“Our approach through this funding round has provided an opportunity to ensure the large sums of taxpayers’ funds invested in Indigenous Affairs are directed to support key objectives and focus on achieving outcomes,” Minister Scullion said.
“The latest Closing the Gap report delivered last month is both a lesson in how bad things have become and reinforce the need for a new approach.
“If we keep doing as we have done, we will get the same result. For the first time in decades we have had a holistic look at the myriad of services and projects being funded to ensure future funding is geared towards achieving change on the ground that improves the lives of individuals and communities.
“I have been very mindful in making decisions about grants of the need to support Indigenous organisations and employment.”
The Minister said organisations were being advised today of the outcome of their applications and departmental staff would contact them this week to detail approvals and arrange discussions to finalise funding agreements.
“In some cases organisations have been funded to continue delivering the services they currently are; in other cases, they have been funded for a mix of existing and new projects,” the Minister said.
“Although some proposals have been rejected, as is usual with such significant funding rounds, my department will be speaking with organisations about other potential opportunities to deliver services that improve the lives of First Australians.
“Staff of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet are now located much closer to the communities they serve and will work with organisations and communities to ensure funded projects are making a difference.”