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Remembering our Indigenous diggers

Today, Anzac Day, is a time to pause and honour the Australians, including many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have served in Australia’s armed forces. In a fitting tribute to the contribution made by our First Australians, the…

Australia more cyber secure

Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Coalition Government’s Cyber Security Strategy – and it’s an occasion to note that the Northern Territory community has helped to make Australia a more cyber secure country. “Governments, businesses and…

Ms Susan Murphy

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has today affirmed his full support for Ms Susan Murphy in her role as a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC). Minister Scullion said Ms Murphy brought a wealth of experience…

Additional support for Territory students

Young Territorians will have better access to educational opportunities as a result of Coalition Government initiatives directly aimed at benefiting students in regional and remote Australia. The latest reforms represent a key element of the Government’s regional education package to…

Learning skills that help save lives

Members of the ex-service community in the Top End are being encouraged to attend a free course to learn more about suicide prevention. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said an Operation Life half-day workshop would be…

2017 NAIDOC grants funding round

The history, culture and achievements of First Australians will be celebrated through a $1.4 million Coalition Government grants round that will support events to be held as part of NAIDOC Week activities in July. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion,…

Help available for impacted workers

The Coalition Government is working to assist Ichthys LNG Project workers being made redundant by Laing O’Rourke. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the assistance would help workers to get back in the workforce as quickly…

Historic township sublease over Mutitjulu

Anangu people living in the central Australian community of Mutitjulu will enjoy greater economic opportunities, localised decision-making and investment in housing, thanks to new township leasing arrangements finalised today. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, joined traditional owners and local…

More incentives to launch your own business

Joint Media Release with Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash Now is the time to take charge of your career and consider becoming your own boss, with greater Coalition Government support to encourage self-employment and entrepreneurship. Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash,…

Community Heritage Grants applications open

Territory not-for-profit community organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants under the Community Heritage Grants Programme. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said grants of up to $15,000 were available for community organisations such as public…

Binjari 99-year housing lease

Today the Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation and the Coalition Government have executed a historic 99-year lease over public housing in the community living area of Binjari in the Northern Territory.  This is the first 99-year housing lease over all social…

Celebrating Indigenous women

Today is International Women’s Day, for me a day to pause and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women across the country. Indigenous women are doctors, lawyers, mothers, sisters, scientists, academics and advocates for change. Organisers…

New support for youth jobs

The Coalition Government in strengthening the incentives available to Territory businesses under the jobactive PaTH Programme to encourage them to take on additional staff. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, welcomed the changes, saying they would help…

Visions of Australia funding round opens

Territory arts and cultural heritage organisations are encouraged to apply for grants under the Visions of Australia regional exhibitions touring programme. Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today that…

Gunner trashing the NT economy

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has slammed the Gunner Government for jeopardising vital investment and jobs with its ill-thought gas moratorium. “One of the fundamental things businesses need to invest is certainty – and the Gunner…

Coalition support for NT cultural festivals

Four cultural festivals in the Northern Territory have received financial support through the Coalition Government’s Festivals Australia programme. The funding has been announced by the Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel…

Ms Janet Inyika – a tireless campaigner

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has paid tribute to Ms Janet Inyika, a highly respected and influential Indigenous elder from the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Lands who recently passed away. Minister Scullion said Ms Inyika worked tirelessly to…

NT groups encouraged to apply for DVA grants

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has called on local community groups to apply for Coalition Government grants to support projects that honour Australia’s military history and personnel. Senator Scullion said the Government provided almost $29,000 to…

Roll-out of NBN access in NT complete

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has welcomed news that the roll-out of NBN access to premises in the NT has been completed. “Residents and businesses in Darwin, Palmerston, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek have…

ABA funding round opens

A new Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funding round opens tomorrow – Monday, 13 February 2017 – and organisations in the Northern Territory are being invited to apply. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said funding was available for projects that…

Australian Reconciliation Barometer Report

Reconciliation Australia’s biennial Australian Reconciliation Barometer has been released today, providing a snapshot of views on the relationship between First Australians and the wider Australian community. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the report showed some encouraging signs but…

$10m a year to strengthen IAS evaluation

The Coalition Government will allocate $10 million a year over four years to strengthen the evaluation of Indigenous Affairs programmes. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the multi-year programme of evaluations would be underpinned by a formal Evidence and…

Health Star Ratings for Healthier Choices

More Australians are choosing healthy packaged food thanks to the Health Star Rating (HSR) system, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today. The latest phase of the Coalition Government’s HSR campaign aims to continue raising awareness…

Gunner Government holding up PET scanner

The Gunner Labor Government is holding up the delivery of a much-needed positron emission tomography (PET) scanner that the Coalition promised at the federal election, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today. “The Coalition committed $15…

Flooding in Central Australia

This week's heavy rains and floods in Central Australia have caused extensive damage across the region and difficulty for local residents and tourists.   Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has acknowledged the impact the floods have…

Refurbished store for Gunbalanya

The community of Gunbalanya in the Northern Territory has a newly-refurbished community store, thanks to a $4.6 million grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA). This investment expands the range of healthy food options available in Gunbalanya while…

Landmark lease agreement for Mutitjulu

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has welcomed the historic approval of a township sublease covering Mutitjulu, a community located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. Minister Scullion said the sublease would deliver better land administration,…

Rural General Practice Grants

Teaching, training and retaining the next generation of health workers in rural, regional and remote Australia is a priority for the Coalition Government. Consistent with this, the Rural General Practice Grants (RGPG) programme has replaced the Rural and Regional Teaching…

Facts don’t back up ANU report on CDP

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has strongly rejected the findings contained in an Australian National University (ANU) report about the Coalition Government’s Community Development Programme (CDP) that has been released today. Minister Scullion noted the report, Job Creation and…

Safety first for Carpentaria Highway

Joint Media release with Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and NT Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison A $5.8 million upgrade of the Carpentaria Highway into Borroloola and the Gulf Region has been finished just in…

Excellence in Indigenous governance recognised

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has tonight congratulated the winners and finalists of the 2016 Indigenous Governance Awards. Minister Scullion, who attended tonight’s annual awards ceremony in Sydney, praised Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation and Murdi…

Indigenous-led review into remote housing

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion, today announced an independent review into remote Indigenous housing to explore practical and innovative solutions to address the inadequate conditions and supply in remote Indigenous housing. “Overcrowding, homelessness and poor housing conditions in remote…

More than 11,000 CDP jobs

Job seekers have been placed into more than 11,000 jobs through the Coalition Government’s remote employment and community development service, the Community Development Programme (CDP), since July 2015. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the CDP was getting job…

$62 million for NT road improvements

The Coalition Government is investing a further $62 million to improve Northern Territory roads, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today. Senator Scullion said the Buntine Highway would become safer and more reliable through a $32 …

Star support for girls across the NT

The Coalition Government will provide the Stars Foundation with almost $2 million to deliver intensive school-based mentoring programmes to Indigenous girls and young women across the Northern Territory. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the investment would help 450…

Certainty for Kormilda College

The Coalition Government has acted decisively to deliver certainty to students at Kormilda College in Darwin by agreeing to provide financial support to keep the school open through 2017. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that based on what…

Labor must not walk away from walkway

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has expressed his surprise and disappointment at calls from the Labor Party’s Katherine MLA, Sandra Nelson, to cut funding promised for the Nitmiluk Gorge Skywalk Project. Ms Nelson told the Legislative…

Adaptability key to RSAS success

A case study report produced by the O’Brien Rich Research Group that focused on six Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) schools found that the strategy’s adaptability was a key to its success. The report, which focused on sites in the…

Road safety improved at Ali Curung

A $500,000 upgrade of an intersection near the Northern Territory community of Ali Curung, 150 kilometres south of Tennant Creek, has made travel safer for all drivers in the region. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said…

Empowering YOUth Round 2 Now Open

Joint Media Release with Minister for Employment Senator Michaelia Cash The Coalition Government’s focus on ensuring young Territorians are “job ready” has been strengthened with the launch of grant guidelines for the second round of the Empowering YOUth Initiatives. Minister…

5000 Indigenous jobs through VTEC

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH PRIME MINISTER THE HON. MALCOLM TURNBULL MP The Coalition Government has reached its target of supporting 5000 job opportunities for First Australians through the Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) initiative. For highly disadvantaged Aboriginal and…

Game on for Koori Knockout

The Redfern All Blacks will host the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout in Sydney this long weekend – an iconic annual event involving Indigenous football players from across the state. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Knockout competition,…

AACAP 2016 concludes in Laura

Joint Media Release with Minister for Defence Senator the Hon. Marise Payne & Member for Leichhardt The Hon. Warren Entsch MP For the 20th consecutive year, the Australian Government has delivered infrastructure, vocational skills training and health care to a…

Improving digital literacy in NT schools

Schools across the Northern Territory can now apply for grants from the Coalition Government to deliver digital literacy programmes to students in engaging and innovative ways. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the 2016 Digital Literacy…

Minister congratulates Replay Group graduates

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has today congratulated 29 First Australians for completing the Replay Group’s Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course. Minister Scullion presented the participants with graduation certificates at a ceremony in Brisbane today…

Tourists flocking to the Territory

Almost 670,000 domestic tourists visited Darwin and spent almost $850 million in the last 12 months, the latest figures from Tourism Research Australia show. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the National Visitor Survey showed Darwin…

$150,000 for Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

The Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation based in Alice Springs will receive up to $150,000 over two years under the latest Building Safe Communities for Women grants round. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, and Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash,…

TSRA holds historic 100th board meeting

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) has reached a significant milestone today, holding its 100th board meeting at the organisation’s headquarters on Thursday Island. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, attended today’s historic meeting and congratulated Pedro Stephen on being…

R U OK? Day

Today is R U OK? Day – a day to reach out to people you know, from family, to friends and work colleagues, to ask if they are okay. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, who is a Conversation Hero…

Celebrating Landcare groups across the NT

This week is Landcare Week and Northern Territory residents are being encouraged to celebrate and support their local Landcare groups and the important environmental and land management work they do. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said…

Visit to Far North Qld and Torres Strait

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, will spend the coming week in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait meeting with elected leaders, traditional owners, community members, stakeholders and service providers. This will be the first opportunity Minister Scullion…

Giles Government leaves lasting legacy

Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has paid tribute to the outgoing Giles Country Liberals Government and congratulated Labor leader, Michael Gunner, on today's win in the NT election. Senator Scullion said…

50th anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk Off

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today joined the Gurindji people, traditional owners of country, and Northern Territory Land Council representatives in Kalkarindji to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Wave Hill Walk Off. Minister Scullion paid tribute to…

LAF further reduces petrol sniffing

A study into the prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Indigenous communities revealed sniffing continued to decline between 2011 and 2014. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said today the downward trend coincided with Coalition Government’s continued roll out of…

Native title recognised in Borroloola

Two long-running native title claims covering land in the Northern Territory town of Borroloola have been resolved at a historic on-country sitting of the Federal Court today. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the determination recognised exclusive possession over…

Major remote beef road in NT upgraded

Joint Media Release with Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester Work to upgrade a major Northern Territory beef road – Mulga Park Road – linking remote communities and cattle stations to the Stuart and Lasseter highways has been completed.…

New ABA funding round

Indigenous organisations in the Northern Territory are being invited to apply for funding under a new Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funding round that opens on 23 August 2016. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said funding was available for projects…

Coalition Government support for NT veterans

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has announced Coalition Government funding to support essential advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families, war widows and widowers in Darwin and Palmerston. Senator Scullion said the…

No place for racist cartoon

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said today he was appalled by a racist cartoon published in today’s edition of the Australian newspaper. Minister Scullion said the publication of Bill Leak’s cartoon today was particularly tasteless, given it was…

NT youth justice system

I was deeply shocked and appalled by the extremely disturbing footage the ABC’s Four Corners programme aired last night regarding the treatment of youths, including Indigenous youths, by staff in the Northern Territory’s youth justice system. Any allegations prison staff…

Speech for Kenbi Land Grant

I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners on whose land we meet today, the Larrakia people, and pay my respect to their elders past and present. I also want to begin by acknowledging the presence of the…

Historic Grant of Land at Yarralin

Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate For Lingiari, Tina Macfarlane More than 50,000 hectares of land have today been recognised as Aboriginal land around Yarralin as part of the Coalition’s commitment to recognising Aboriginal land rights in the Northern…

Historic Land Grant at Santa Teresa

Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate For Lingiari Tina Macfarlane A significant parcel of land in the Simpson Desert has been recognised as Aboriginal land by the Commonwealth at an historic ceremony in Santa Teresa today. Minister for Indigenous…

Mabo Day

Today marks the 24th anniversary of the landmark High Court of Australia decision that recognised the native title rights of the Meriam people on Mer Island in the Torres Strait. Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the…

Anniversary of the 1967 referendum

Today's anniversary of the historic 1967 referendum is a day to celebrate the achievements of the past and reflect on the opportunity ahead of us to recognise that modern Australia shares its history with the oldest continuing cultures on earth.…

Growing the Indigenous Business Sector

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH PRIME MINISTER THE HON. MALCOLM TURNBULL MP Imagination and creativity are key drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship and are critical to our national economic plan for jobs and growth. The Coalition understands there is no shortage…

National Sorry Day

Today is National Sorry Day, a day for all Australians to reflect on the important role First Australians have played in the history of our country, but especially acknowledge the terrible impacts felt by the Stolen Generations. Minister for Indigenous…

Boost for Indigenous Scholarships

More First Australians will have access to a high quality education as a result of $5 million investment by the Coalition Government to increase the number of scholarships offered by the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF). Minister for Indigenous Affairs…

Statement on Senator Peris

I congratulate Senator Peris on her service to the people of the Northern Territory over the last three years. As a Senator for 15 years I know how tough those first years in Parliament can be and respect her decision. …

Labor All Talk In Indigenous Affairs

Labor's talk is cheap in Indigenous Affairs. All spin and no substance. Labor's hollow announcement that it would work with the Land Councils to reform Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funding processes flies in the face of Labor's record and wilfully …

Boosting Job Opportunities In Ngukurr

Joint Media Release with Country Liberals candidate for Lingiari Tina MacFarlane Vital job opportunities for First Australians living in Ngukurr will be increased as a result of the Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation purchasing road construction and maintenance equipment, thanks…

Rumbalara on the board

Indigenous sports and social programmes in Shepparton will receive a significant boost through a new electronic scoreboard at Rumbalara Football and Netball Club’s home ground. Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said…

Major boost for housing in remote NT

Joint Media Release with Chief Minister of the Northern Territory The Hon. Adam Giles MLA Territorians living in remote communities will benefit from significantly improved housing and employment and training opportunities, thanks to a $350 million investment by the Australian…

Record infrastructure investment in NT

The Coalition Government is investing in a record infrastructure package to drive jobs and growth in the Northern Territory and secure the successful transition of the NT economy. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today the…

Labor not serious about Indigenous Affairs

Labor’s appointment of Shayne Neumann as the Shadow Minister for Northern Australia shows once again that Labor doesn’t take Indigenous Affairs seriously or give it the importance it deserves. During the years of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd Government, Labor had Indigenous Affairs…

Better outcomes for First Australians

The Turnbull Government’s 2016-17 Budget improves outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through investments in economic development, education and community safety. The Government will provide a $65 million loan to the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) which marks a…

$6.7m from ABA to benefit Aboriginals in NT

The Australian Government will enter negotiations with 13 organisations across the Northern Territory to finalise projects to be funded through a $6.7 million investment from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA). Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said today the projects…

New stores for Canteen Creek and Epenarra

The communities of Canteen Creek and Epenarra, south-east of Tennant Creek, have new community stores, thanks to a $4.3 million grant from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA). Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today congratulated both communities, the Canteen Creek…

Supporting NAIDOC Week celebrations

The Australian Government will celebrate the history, culture and achievements of First Australians through a grant round to support events to be held as part of National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrations in July. Minister for…

Mrs Mununggurr: a visionary Yolngu

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has paid tribute to Mrs Mununggurr who passed away in Arnhem Land earlier this week. “Mrs Mununggurr was a senior traditional owner of the Gumatj Clan and a visionary Yolngu who was instrumental…

Science Week funding for EcoFair

The Arid Lands Environment Centre has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Turnbull Government to support EcoFair in Alice Springs as part of National Science Week. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, congratulated the Arid Lands…

National Close the Gap Day

Joint Media Release with Minister for Rural Health Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash Today is National Close the Gap Day – a time to acknowledge all the work being done to close the gap in Indigenous life expectancy within a…

Continued support for CNS

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has delivered on his promise to provide the NSW/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service with $1.8 million to support the Custody Notification Service (CNS) through until 30 June 2019. The Australian Government will provide the…

$3.5 million for Councils in Lingiari

Councils in Lingiari will receive $3.5 million in payments this quarter under the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grant programme. This is the third of four instalments the councils will receive this financial year that they can allocate according to local…

Get ready to fly in Tennant Creek!

A flying trapeze will be a feature on the Tennant Creek landscape for three weeks from mid-July, coinciding with this year’s Desert Harmony Festival. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today the Australian Government would provide…

CDP reforms to drive employment outcomes

The Australian Government will build on the early success of the Community Development Programme (CDP) by introducing a more direct and immediate compliance regime that will encourage jobseekers to be more active in their communities. The Government will today introduce…

$1.8m for NSW Custody Notification Service

The Australian Government will provide the NSW/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service with $1.8 million to support the NSW Custody Notification Service (CNS) until June 30, 2019. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, provided the funding assurance to deliver certainty for this…

ORIC yearbook highlights record compliance

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has today welcomed the release of the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations’ (ORIC) 2014–15 yearbook. Minister Scullion said the yearbook highlighted continued improvements in the governance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait…

Minister addresses 111th NLC meeting

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has today addressed the 111th Full Council meeting of the Northern Land Council (NLC) held at Gulkula in north-east Arnhem Land. Minister Scullion said he was pleased to be invited to attend the meeting…

AWM honours Captain Reg Saunders MBE

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has welcomed a decision by the Australian War Memorial to rename its Western Gallery and Courtyard in honour of Captain Reginald ‘Reg’ Saunders MBE – the first Aboriginal serviceman to be promoted to a…

Labor out of touch on Indigenous Affairs

The response by Labor’s Indigenous Affairs spokesman, Shayne Neumann, to the Government’s consultations on the Indigenous Advancement Strategy shows how out of touch Labor is. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Indigenous Advancement Strategy was based on consultations…

Appointments to ILC and IBA boards

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today announced changes to the Board of the Indigenous Land Corporation to replace four expiring appointments. The Minister said the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) is an important organisation needed to advance economic, environmental, social…

Remote workers to get skilled up

Remote workers will get on the job training to assist in the provision of essential services with Federal Government funding for a Remote Workforce Development Programme, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced today. Minister Scullion said $800,000 over 4…

Crown commits to employment parity

Crown Resorts has signed off on an agreement with the Australian Government to employ an additional 400 First Australians over the next four years. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that under the Employment Parity Initiative, the Government would…

An opportunity for further change

It is an honour to have been asked to serve in the Turnbull-Truss Coalition Government as Minister for Indigenous Affairs. It was under the Coalition that Indigenous Affairs was placed at the heart of government, including as a stand-alone ministry…

Mr Gumbula – A Cultural leader

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has paid tribute to Mr J. N. Gumbula, who passed away on August 19 on Elcho Island in northeast Arnhem Land. “Mr Gumbula was a highly respected Yolngu leader from Arnhem Land,” the…

New store for Peppimenarti

The community of Peppimenarti, south-west of Darwin, now has a new community store, funded by a $4.2 million grant from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA). Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, congratulated the Peppimenarti community and Peppimenarti Store Indigenous Corporation…

Shine Shining Brighter

Joint Media Release with Member for Durack Melissa Price Member for Durack Melissa Price is thrilled to announce educational organisation SHINE, which works with young women who are at risk of disengaging from the education system and society, will receive…

Wayne See Kee reappointed as CEO of TSRA

Mr Wayne See Kee, the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), has been re-appointed to the position. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said Mr See Kee’s appointment would…

Gunyangara a step closer to township lease

The Gunyangara community in Arnhem Land is a step closer to securing an historic 99-year township lease after traditional owners today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Government. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, joined Galarrwuy…

1105 jobs for First Australians

More than 1100 First Australians will be employed across the country through a partnership between the Australian Government and facility services company, ISS. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the partnership was part of the Employment Parity Initiative (EPI)…

Carnarvon Indigenous people to get boost

Joint Media Release with Member for Durack Melissa Price Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation will receive $105,266 under the Australian Government's Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to deliver an employment and career advancement program which will improve outcomes for…

Titjikala community moving forward

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated the Titjikala community on multiple successful projects that are improving life outcomes and living conditions. Minister Scullion has used NAIDOC Week to visit the Northern Territory and support the launch of the…

New era for remote jobs services

Sweeping changes aimed at providing better opportunities for job seekers in Australia’s remote communities start from today. The new Community Development Programme (CDP) will ensure job seekers are active and making a positive contribution to their local communities. Speaking from…

$15 million to benefit remote NT communities

Remote Northern Territory indigenous communities will benefit from $15 million worth of projects to be funded under the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) latest funding round. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said 37 organisations will get financial support for more…

IAS grant round investment totals $1 billion

The Australian Government’s investment through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round has increased to $1 billion, with 996 organisations to now receive funding for over 1,350 projects throughout Australia that will deliver improved outcomes for Indigenous Australians. Minister for…

National Sorry Day

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has acknowledged National Sorry Day continues to be a significant day in the life of all Australians, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. National Sorry Day marks the anniversary of the tabling in…

Supporting victims of domestic violence

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has told the Sydney launch of a Domestic Violence Action Plan that the Government will stand with all men and women, including those in Indigenous communities, to combat violence. The Parramatta Eels Domestic Violence…

Land handover to Yanyuwa People

More than 200 hectares of land has been handed back to its traditional owners at Jawuma (Black Rock Landing) near Borroloola in the Northern Territory. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today delivered a deed of grant to members of…

Supporting Indigenous business and jobs

A new Chamber of Commerce set up to represent more than 2000 Indigenous businesses is another step towards developing a strong First Australians business sector. Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion says the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry…

2015 NAIDOC Grant Funding Round Open

The celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our past, present and future will be recognised by the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) events later this year. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said NAIDOC…

Empowering Indigenous Communities

A new report to Government has outlined ways for Indigenous communities and governments to work together to set priorities and streamline services at a regional level. The Empowered Communities Report is the joint effort of a group of Indigenous leaders…

IAS recommended organisations list released

A list of organisations recommended for funding under the Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant funding round has today been published on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website. “My department is still working through contract negotiations with…

20,000 jobs through Indigenous employment parity

Twenty thousand Indigenous Australians stand to benefit from the latest Abbott Government initiative to create more jobs for First Australians. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today announced the Government’s new Employment Parity initiative, designed to support the private sector…

National Close the Gap Day

Today is National Close the Gap Day – a time to acknowledge all the work done by communities, the private sector and non-government organisations to help eliminate Indigenous disadvantage. Today also highlights the continued need to work towards improved health…

Labor wrong over IAS funding

The Abbott Government has not slashed frontline services in announcing its Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grants funding round as claimed by Labor. Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion said claims today by Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon and…

FAITH BANDLER AC

Joint Press Release with The Hon. Tony Abbott MP Prime Minister Our country has lost a champion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Faith Bandler AC. Ms Bandler was a tireless social activist, best known for leading the political…

Anniversary of the National Apology

Seven years ago an apology was delivered by the Australian Government acknowledging past laws, policies and practices that have inflicted profound grief, loss and suffering on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said although…

More jobs for Indigenous South Australians

Adelaide’s first Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) has expanded into regional parts of South Australia, guaranteeing jobs for a total of 325 Indigenous people throughout the state. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced today that the VTEC will…

Edward Fry appointed as new Chair of IBA

Mr Edward Fry, an Indigenous Australian with extensive experience working in the resource sector, has been appointed Chair of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) for a three-year period, effective from Monday 1 December 2014. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said…

Labor confusion reigns in Indigenous Affairs

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said today that the Commonwealth is focused on the provision of the most effective service delivery for Indigenous communities and is not cutting municipal and essential services. “Labor’s Alannah MacTiernan continues the ill-informed…

Indigenous Grant Round

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said today more time would be taken to assess funding applications received under the Government’s $4.8 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS). The Minister said there had been an overwhelming response to the first…

Condolences for Kwementyaye Stuart

Former Chairman of the Central Land Council, Kwementyaye Stuart, passed away on Friday last week. Kwementyaye Stuart was born at Jay Creek in 1932 and was a respected elder of the Arrente tribal group. Kwementyaye Stuart held positions in the…

Investing in jobs for Cairns

Joint Media Release with Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch MP The Australian Government is supporting local efforts to facilitate improved employment and training outcomes for Indigenous job seekers in Cairns. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for…

60 jobs for Indigenous people in Pilbara

Joint Media Release with Member for Durack Melissa Price MP Sixty Indigenous job seekers will be placed into guaranteed jobs in the Pilbara region through the Australian Government’s Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) initiative. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel…

Investing in economic opportunity for Innisfail

Joint Media Release with Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald Senator for Queensland The Australian Government is supporting local efforts to facilitate economic development for Indigenous people in Innisfail. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, announced…

Carers Week 2014

Joint Media Release with Member for Solomon, Natasha Griggs MP Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion and Member for Solomon, Natasha Griggs have encouraged Territorians to mark Carers Week 2014. “Providing care to a loved one in…

Encouraging diversity on the frontline

Joint Media Release with Western Australia Minister for Emergency Services The Hon Joe Francis MLA The Australian and Western Australian Governments have jointly launched a breakthrough programme designed to increase the number of Indigenous firefighters. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel…

$300,000 for Mai Wiru and Foodbank SA

The Australian Government has this week announced a further $300,000 for the completion of the Mai Wiru and Foodbank SA business redevelopment project in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia. Speaking after a meeting with the Mai…

A new approach to remote services

This Government is about real outcomes for Indigenous people and a recent evaluation of the previous Government’s National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery (NPA RSD) shows it delivered only marginal benefits. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the…

Trilby Cooper Hostel to reopen

Joint Media Release with Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion and Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP have received advice from Aboriginal Hostels Limited that the newly-refurbished Trilby Cooper Hostel in Kalgoorlie is…

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2014

The Australian Government has welcomed the start of NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week with an announcement of $2.2 million to support more than 550 local community events across Australia. NAIDOC Week runs from 6 to 13…

200 jobs for Indigenous people in Adelaide

Adelaide now has its first Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) which will provide training and guaranteed jobs in multiple industries for up to 200 Indigenous people. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, announced the Centre today saying the…

Outgoing IBA Chair Dr Dawn Casey

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has paid tribute to the work conducted by the Chair of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), Dr Dawn Casey, whose five-year term ends on 28 June 2014. “Dr Casey has made a significant contribution to…

$1.6m for students in western NSW

Joint Media Release with Member for Parkes Mr Mark Coulton MP High School students in western New South Wales will benefit from a $1.6 million investment from the Australian Government through the support programme Get Real. Secondary school students in…