Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Grant Funding


Funding Round Status: CLOSED

Opening Date: 13 February 2017

Closing Date:    13 March 2017


February 2017 ABA Beneficial Grant Funding Round

The ABA funding round is now closed. Applications received after 12pm (noon) Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) on 13 March 2017 will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

It is anticipated that all applicants will be notified of the outcome of the February 2017 ABA beneficial grant funding round around 14 weeks after the round has closed.

About the ABA

The ABA is legislated under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Land Rights Act) to receive and distribute royalty equivalent monies generated from mining on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory. ABA beneficial grant funding is provided for one-off grant funding (non-recurrent funding) proposals that benefit Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.

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

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

Further information on ABA grant 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 Australians 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 delegate (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. 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.

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.

Ms Donna Ah Chee was appointed as Chair of the Committee by the Minister, for a term of three years from 1 July 2016.

Current Committee Members

Northern Land Council

  • Ms Lisa Mumbin
  • Mr James Sing
  • Mr Bunug Galaminda
  • Mr John Finlay
  • Mr Shadrack Retchford
  • Ms Virginia Nundhirribala
  • Ms Yananymul Mununggurr

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)

August 2016 ABA Beneficial Grant Funding Round

The outcomes of the August 2016 ABA grant funding round have been publicly announced. The Minister’s media statement is available on the Minister’s website.

Applicants were informed of their individual outcomes on 22 December 2016.

Communities in the Northern Territory (NT) will benefit from over $8 million worth of projects. The Minister has instructed the Department to commence negotiating funding conditions with 27 organisations to finalise 30 projects. It is anticipated that these projects will create 175 employment opportunities and will support Indigenous enterprises, community infrastructure and assist with maintaining Indigenous culture.

A list of organisations authorised for funding negotiations under the August 2016 ABA beneficial grant round is now available.

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.

September 2015 ABA Beneficial Grants Funding Round

On 29 April 2016, the Minister announced communities in the Northern Territory 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 Northern Territory.

The Minister instructed the Department to commence negotiating funding conditions with 13 organisations 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.  

February 2015 ABA Beneficial Grants Funding Round

The Minister announced the outcome of the February 2015 ABA grant funding round on 16 June 2015. The 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.

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