Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Grant Funding

August 2016 ABA Beneficial Grants Funding Round


Funding Round Status: OPEN

Opening Date: 23 August 2016

Closing Date: 20 September 2016


The ABA funding round is open from 8am, 23 August 2016 and will close on 20 September 2016 at 12pm (noon) Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

Applications received after the closing time and date will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

It is anticipated that all applicants will be notified of the outcome of the August 2016 ABA beneficial grants funding round before the end of the 2016 calendar year.

Applying for ABA Beneficial Grant Funding

The Application Kit provides information to assist applicants to apply for ABA beneficial grant funding. It is important that you read all this information before completing the Application Form as it will help you understand the ABA grant funding requirements, including the types of activities that can and can’t be funded.

Application Kit

The Application Kit comprises: 

  1. the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines DOCX 184 KB | PDF 323 KB which set out the terms and conditions on which an applicant may access Australian Government grant funding under ABA section 64(4) beneficial grants;
  2. the Application form PDF 680 KB which must be completed to apply for ABA beneficial grant funding; and
  3. a copy of the Department’s Head Agreement for Indigenous Grants DOCX 161KB | PDF 276KB

It is recommended that applicants save a copy of the Application Form to their computer DOCX 60KB | PDF 106 KB. If you experience difficulties opening or submitting the Application Form, please refer to the Electronic PDF Form Troubleshooting guide - DOCX 429KB | PDF 231KB

ABA Selection Criteria 

A targeted selection process is used to seek proposals for ABA beneficial grants.  Selection criteria have been developed to ensure that proposals for ABA beneficial grants are selected in a consistent, transparent and accountable manner. The selection criteria are contained in Section 2.7 of the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines.  It is important that you answer all the selection criteria and take note of the following:

  • You can write up to 1,000 words for each Criteria 1 – 3 (benefits to Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory; the need for the proposal within an Aboriginal community; and your capacity to deliver the proposal). 
  • If your project is over $250,000 (GST ex), it is deemed to be a large project and you will need to address Criterion 4 (detailed project management information for large proposals). You can use up to 1,000 words for this criterion.
  • The information you provide against the selection criteria should be about the proposal, including how you or your organisation will deliver the proposal and achieve improved outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.
  • The Business Plan and/or Project Management Plan (for a large project) and any other attachments to support your proposal (e.g. your organisation's annual report or brochures, diagrams, tables or graphs) need to be submitted with your application. However, attachments must only contain relevant background information supporting your application.

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has a file size limit of 10MB. If your file attachments are larger than 10MB you will need to submit attachments individually.

Land or Business Proposals

Applicants with proposals relating to land acquisition or management, or agriculture or pastoral investment must first engage the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) before applying for ABA beneficial grant funding. You should seek the ILC's view of the proposal, including whether the ILC considers the proposal viable and value for money. The views of the ILC must be included in your application. Information on how to contact the ILC is available here.

Applicants who have proposals relating to business investment must first engage Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) before applying for ABA beneficial grant funding. You should seek the views of the IBA on the proposal, including whether IBA considers the proposal viable and value for money. The views of IBA must be included in your application. Information on how to contact IBA is available here.

Getting Help

Applicants can discuss potential projects with Regional staff in the Department or seek advice from the ABA Advisory Committee, the ILC, IBA or the four Northern Territory Land Councils.

Questions and Answers regarding ABA Grant Funding

Applicants can contact the Department to ask general questions about ABA and assessment process, or to seek clarification on the Application Form or the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines. The Department will accept questions for the August 2016 funding round from 8am on 23 August 2016 until 12pm (noon) ACST on 13 September 2016 (five working days prior to the closure of the grant funding round, as set out in the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines).

Enquiries relating to the ABA beneficial grant funding round should be emailed to aba@network.pmc.gov.au or by phone to the ABA Hotline on 1800 354 612.

General ABA enquiries not related to this beneficial grant funding round can be directed to ABA Projects on (08) 8928 6386.

Please be advised that a subsequent ABA beneficial grant funding round is scheduled to open in February 2017.

About the ABA

ABA beneficial grant funding under section 64(4) of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Land Rights Act) is provided for one-off grant funding (non-recurrent funding) proposals that benefit Aboriginal people living in the NT.

Applicants should frame their proposal under one of the following ABA funding categories:

  • Supporting Enterprises
  • Supporting Community
  • Supporting Culture, Language and Leadership
  • Supporting Land, Sea and Waters Management and Use.

Further information on ABA Funding Categories is contained in Section 2.3 of the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines.

Funding under each category is available for Small Projects up to and including $250,000 (GST exclusive) or Large Projects over $250,000 (GST exclusive).

The ABA contributes to the Government's priorities for Indigenous Australians through:

  • Getting Indigenous Australians into work
  • Fostering Indigenous Business
  • Ensuring Indigenous people receive economic and social benefits from the effective management of their land.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion (the Minister), has overall responsibility for the ABA. The Minister is the final decision maker in relation to any proposals funded under ABA beneficial grants, taking into consideration the advice provided by the Department and the ABA Advisory Committee.

The Minister determines available ABA beneficial grant funding and the timing of grant funding rounds. 

The ABA Advisory Committee

The ABA Advisory Committee is established under subsection 65(1) of the Land Rights Act to advise the Minister for Indigenous Affairs in connection with debiting the ABA for the purpose of making payments under subsection 64(4) of the Land Rights Act to benefit Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory. The ABA Advisory Committee provides invaluable cultural and local advice to the Minister on which applications should be supported for ABA beneficial grant funding.

The ABA Advisory Committee consists of a Chair appointed by the Minister and 14 members elected by the four Northern Territory Land Councils. The members elected by the Northern Territory Land Councils must be Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory or whose names are set out in a register of traditional Aboriginal owners maintained by the relevant Land Council. Members comprise:

  • 7 from the Northern Land Council
  • 5 from the Central Land Council
  • 1 from the Anindilyakwa Land Council
  • 1 from the Tiwi Land Council.

In addition to their important role in advising the Minister, the ABA Advisory Committee may also support the development and implementation of strategic or large scale projects and participate in governance arrangements for major projects. These projects focus on achieving benefits for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and are enhanced by the input, expertise and view of the ABA Advisory Committee whose members come from a variety of geographic locations across the Northern Territory.

Committee meetings

The Committee generally meets up to twice a year and may also meet on occasion at the request of the Department to consider policy matters or for strategic planning.

Chairperson 

The Chair of the Committee is appointed by the Minister and is a part-time statutory office holder.

The Minister has appointed Ms Donna Ah Chee as Chair of the ABA Committee for a term of 3 years, beginning 1 July 2016.

Current Committee Members

Northern Land Council

  • Mr Djawa Yunupingu
  • Ms Lisa Mumbin
  • Mr Wayne Wauchope
  • Mr James Sing
  • Ms Grace Daniels
  • Ms Elaine Watts
  • Mr Keith Rory

Central Land Council

  • Ms Valerie Martin
  • Ms Barbara Shaw
  • Mr Harry Nelson
  • Mr Phillip Wilyuka
  • Mr Kelvin Morrison

Tiwi Land Council

  • Mr Andrew Tipungwuti

Anindilyakwa Land Council

  • Mr Tony Wurramarrba, AO (Chair)

September 2015 ABA Beneficial Grants Funding Round

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion (the Minister), has announced Remote and Regional communities in the Northern Territory (NT) will benefit from up to $6.7 million worth of projects.  When finalised, these projects will help to improve the quality of life of Aboriginal people across the NT.

The Minister has instructed the Department to commence negotiating funding conditions with 13 orgnisations as a result of the September 2015 ABA beneficial grant funding round,

The Minister's media statement is available on the Minister’s website.

A list of organisations the Department will enter into negotiations with under the September 2015 ABA beneficial grant round is available below.  

ABA Funding September 2015 XLS KB | PDF KB

The Minister determines the timing of ABA beneficial grant funding rounds and is yet to announce the opening of the next funding round.

February 2015 ABA Beneficial Grants Funding Round

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, announced the outcome of the February 2015 ABA grant funding round on 16 June 2015The Minister's media statement is available on the Minister’s website.

A list of organisations recommended for funding under the February 2015 ABA beneficial grant round is provided: ABA Funding February 2015 XLS 21 KB | PDF 307 KB

Further details of each grant will be listed on the PM&C website within 14 days of the agreement taking effect, as required under the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines.

Latest News

Resources

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain images and voices of deceased people.