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- Coalition Government extending the principles of the Indigenous Procurement Policy to grants in remote areas and those that specifically benefit Indigenous Australians.
- Communities have told us funding should be prioritised for Indigenous-led organisations, the new Indigenous Grants Policy will systemise our new approach.
- New policy to be trialled in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Communications and the Arts and the Department of Social Services.
The Coalition Government is putting its money where its mouth is in the way it delivers services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians across the country, with a new Indigenous Grants Policy to increase the number of local Indigenous owned and controlled organisations that deliver services.
“The Prime Minister made a commitment to doing things with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and the clear message has been that Indigenous services work best when they are developed and delivered by local Indigenous owned and controlled organisations,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) has shown the way, in its first two-and-a-half years the IPP has eclipsed $1 billion in contracts to Indigenous business compared to just $6.2 million to Indigenous businesses under the former policies in 2012-13.
The new trialled policy will provide opportunities for Indigenous organisations to deliver services to their communities. Organisations will need to demonstrate value for money and that they have the skills and expertise to deliver the grant.
Where non-Indigenous organisations are providing services, they will be required to employ local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and include local Indigenous businesses in their supply chains.
“This policy comes on the back of concerted efforts by me as Minister to ensure more First Australian owned and controlled organisations deliver the myriad of services we invest in across all communities every year,” Minister Scullion said.
“For example, through the $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), I am proud to have lifted the amount of funding going to Indigenous owned and controlled organisations delivering services to over 50 per cent, in contrast to just 35 per cent before the Indigenous Advancement Strategy was introduced and under the former Labor Government’s policies.
“The new Indigenous Grants Policy will lead to more local Indigenous organisations delivering services to their own communities and ensuring that the benefits of these contracts stay in communities, including through more jobs for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“The Commonwealth is proud to be leading the way and will be sharing its knowledge and learning with state and territories,” Minister Scullion said today.
The trial will commence on 1 July 2018 and will involve programs from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, The Department of Social Services and The Department of Communications and the Arts. More information about the trial will be available on the respective department’s websites closer to July 2018.