Joint Media Release with Member for Murray Mr Damian Drum MP
MADEC Australia will provide additional case management services in South Australia and Victoria with a focus on its clients’ social, physical and emotional wellbeing, thanks to a $1,140,212 grant from the Coalition Government.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said MADEC Australia would receive funding to provide case management services to vulnerable Indigenous people across South Australia and Victoria through until 30 June 2019.
“Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government – and this investment will enable MADEC Australia to provide additional support to people who need it the most,” Minister Scullion said.
Minister Scullion said that through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), the Government was providing targeted investment to those working on the ground to make a difference in the lives of First Australians.
“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in Victoria and South Australia,” Minister Scullion said.
Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum said it is important the federal government can continue to support people who are going through hardships in our local Indigenous communities.
“MADEC in Shepparton and Echuca will receive a share of the $1,140,212 to deliver services to Indigenous people who are living in these areas. Safety for all members of the community is of the upmost importance and having funding certainty until 2019 will give peace of mind for people who need to access these services,” Mr Drum said.
MADEC Australia CEO, Laurence Burt, said his organisation had been working with Indigenous communities across Victoria and South Australia for many years.
“This IAS funding initiative will enable our Indigenous Support Coordinators to work with Indigenous community members to identify issues they may be facing with, substance or alcohol abuse, violence or criminal activity,” Mr Burt said.
“They will develop individual support plans to engage with appropriate services and conduct progress reviews to ensure we are working towards decreasing or eliminating identified issues.
“The support of the Coalition Government for this initiative is most welcome.”
The MADEC Australia project is one of 43 recently funded under the IAS. Services have been funded to provide intensive support to Indigenous people most affected in the following areas: alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, mental health and wellbeing, and youth offending.
Existing service providers will share $18,019,301 in Government funding through until 30 June 2019 to transition from the Indigenous Community Links programme to new place-based, intensive support services that address specific safety and wellbeing needs. A further $4,239,664 will be provided until 30 June 2019 for new services in areas where a safety and wellbeing service gap has been identified.
The final year of funding is dependent on the projects providing strong outcomes for their clients.
Service providers will be asked to collect service data to assess the impact of the service, to better understand what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and contribute to the evidence base.