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 would help to improve the quality of life of Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory.
“The ABA grants programme delivers one-off funding to Aboriginal corporations across the Northern Territory to support employment and economic development in Indigenous communities,” Minister Scullion said.
“Projects supported under this ABA grant round include the establishment of an Aboriginal-owned and operated civil construction training facility in Palmerston. All training and qualifications attained at the facility will be to national accreditation standards. This project is an example of how ABA funding can help improve the employment prospects of Aboriginal people.
“In total, 60 jobs will be created for First Australians and vital community infrastructure will be upgraded as a result of funding allocated under this grant round.”
The ABA is funded by payments from the Australian Government equivalent to the value of royalties paid by mining interests on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.
Minister Scullion thanked the ABA Advisory Committee for the work and advice provided in relation to the grant applications.
Applicants have been informed of the outcome of their applications and a list of projects to be negotiated is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website here: