Additional support will be provided to vulnerable First Australians who are transitioning from remote communities into Darwin and Palmerton, thanks to a $658,340 grant from the Coalition Government.
The Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation will receive the funding to provide case management services through until 30 June 2019 to Indigenous Australians in varying levels of crises.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the services would focus on early intervention, wrap-around servicing and linkages to other stakeholders to support client outcomes.
“Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government – and this investment will enable the Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation 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 an Indigenous organisation to improve outcomes for First Australians living in Darwin and Palmerston” Minister Scullion said.
Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation Chief Executive Officer Shaun Pearce said: “We see this funding as a critical step in improving the lives of vulnerable indigenous people. We believe we can achieve a lot during the two years with this ongoing support from the Minister and Government. Our staff are very happy with this news.”
The Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation 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 well being needs. A further $4,239,664 will be provided until 30 June 2019 for new services in areas where a safety and well being 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.