Calls by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert to publish details of community groups that missed out on Indigenous Advancement Strategy Grants shows a clear lack of knowledge of Government process.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Australian Greens should well be aware that Commonwealth grant guidelines only support the public release of information relating to successful applicants to grant funding rounds.
“I am surprised Senator Siewert doesn’t know that this is standard practice followed by successive governments,” he said.
“I decided it was appropriate to release the full list of successful organisations given that Members and Senators from all parties had received a list of successful organisations based on their electorate, including state-wide electorates for Senators.
“As my department is continuing contract negotiations with successful organisations, it is inappropriate to release further details.
“However all that information will be publicly available within 14 days of contracts being finalised, as is required under the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines.
“It is simply wrong for Senator Siewert to claim that organisations are being “drip-fed” funding outcomes.
“All organisations have been advised of their funding outcome and my department is now negotiating final contracts with each successful organisation.
“Contrary to Senator Siewert’s claims, the grant funding round has been conducted appropriately, in keeping with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines and funding outcomes will provide the best possible services to First Australians.”