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The Government is committed to working more closely with Indigenous Australians on the priority areas of getting children to school, adults to work and making communities safer.

Indigenous Advancement Strategy

The Strategy

A new Indigenous Advancement Strategy to begin on 1 July 2014 will replace more than 150 individual programmes and activities with five simple, streamlined programmes all focused on achieving results in the priority areas:

  • Jobs, Land and Economy
  • Children and Schooling
  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • Culture and Capability
  • Remote Australia Strategies

The new arrangements will reduce red tape and duplication to make sure that resources hit the ground.

The Strategy and its programmes will be managed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). Communities will have opportunities to contribute to the design and delivery of local solutions to local issues. Programmes will be implemented through the Remote Community Advancement Network in PM&C which will work with communities to produce long-term transformational change.

The Strategy will begin on 1 July 2014 with a transition period to allow continuity of frontline services and time for communities and service providers to adjust to the new arrangements. The Government will honour all current funding agreements and many organisations who have received long term funding, and whose funding is due to expire in the near term, will receive an extension of six to 12 months to allow for a smooth transition. Further advice on funding processes for 2014-15 will be provided to interested communities and service providers shortly.

Jobs, Land and Economy Programme

This programme aims to get adults into work, foster Indigenous business and assist Indigenous people to generate economic and social benefits from effective use of their land, particularly in remote areas. The programme will fund a range of activities including those that support:

  • Employment and training (including vocational education and training)
  • Participation and work readiness
  • Land rights including under native title processes and other legislation
  • Land and sea management

Children and Schooling Programme

This programme focuses on getting children to school, improving education outcomes and improving access to further education as well as supporting families to give children a good start in life. The programme will fund a range of activities including those that support:

  • Early childhood and parenting
  • Schooling and attendance
  • Improving access to further education
  • Child, youth, families and community
  • Scholarships and educational support and assistance

Safety and Wellbeing Programme

This programme is about ensuring the ordinary law of the land applies in Indigenous communities, and that Indigenous people enjoy similar levels of physical, emotional and social wellbeing enjoyed by other Australians. The programme will fund a range of activities including those that support:
  • Health, social and emotional wellbeing
  • Drug, alcohol and substance misuse prevention
  • Community safety and violence prevention
  • Legal services and access to justice, including interpreter services
  • Diversionary programmes

Remote Australia Strategies Programme

This programme will support flexible solutions based on community and government priorities and support for remote housing strategies. The programme will fund a range of activities including those that support:

  • Regional and place-based initiatives and remote service delivery
  • Communications
  • Housing, infrastructure and services

Culture and Capability Programme

This programme will support Indigenous Australians to maintain their culture, participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation and ensure that Indigenous organisations are capable of delivering quality services to their clients. The programme will fund a range of activities including those that support:

  • Constitutional recognition
  • Indigenous heritage protection
  • Broadcasting and communications
  • Leadership, organisational strengthening and engagement initiatives
  • Community and organisational capacity building
  • Support for Indigenous cultural matters.


Last Updated: 19 May 2014