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Indigenous Affairs

The Government is committed to working more closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on its priority areas of getting children to school, adults to work and making communities safer.

A new Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) began on 1 July 2014 and replaced more than 150 individual programmes and activities with five flexible, broad-based programmes:

The new flexible IAS means we can work with communities to put in place activities that address local issues and the Government’s priorities. It also means simplified funding agreements and reporting for service providers, allowing more time and money for delivering services.

The Australian Government will work together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, so individuals and communities can build their own future and have more say in where funding is needed.

The Indigenous Advancement Strategy Fact Sheet provides a snapshot of the five IAS programmes as well as information on funding under the IAS.

Indigenous Affairs funding

The total Indigenous-specific funding through the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio is $8.5 billion consisting of:

  • $4.8 billion over four years to the IAS; and
  • $3.7 billion has been allocated through National Partnership Agreements, Special Accounts and Special Appropriations. A significant level of grant funding is also available through Indigenous-specific and mainstream programmes delivered by other agencies.

IAS funding round NOW CLOSED

The 2014 IAS grant funding round has now closed. For more information on funding under the IAS, please visit the Funding under the IAS page.

Last Updated: 7 November 2014