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:
- Jobs, Land and Economy
- Children and Schooling
- Safety and Wellbeing
- Culture and Capability
- Remote Australia Strategies
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 OPEN
A grant round for funding under the IAS opened on Monday 8 September 2014 and will close at 2pm EDST on Friday 17 October, allowing six weeks for applications.
The round provides funding for activities that commence from January 2015 (for calendar year funding) or from July 2015 (for financial year funding). Funding agreements for successful organisations under the IAS will focus on the delivery of outcomes to Indigenous people.
Organisations are able to apply for funding from one or more of the IAS programmes through a single application, and if successful, will receive a single funding agreement from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.