The Spinifex Rangers are based in one of Australia’s most remote communities and recently won the Western Australian Indigenous Landcare Award for following both traditional land care practices and fresh responses to new environmental threats.
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Indigenous Advancement Strategy
The Australian Government has made Indigenous Affairs a significant national priority and has set three clear priorities to make sure efforts are effectively targeted - getting children to school, adults into work and building safe communities. The Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) is the way in which the Australian Government funds and delivers a range of programmes targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Introduced on 1 July 2014, the Indigenous Advancement Strategy 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 IAS changed the way Australian Government funding is delivered to ensure it is more flexible and better designed to meet the aspirations and priorities of individual communities. Together, we can achieve real and lasting results to close the gap on disadvantage and ensure all Australians have the same opportunities in life.
The Barkindji Maraura Elders Environment Team (BMEET) is providing jobs and training to local Indigenous people through appropriate cultural and natural resource management of country, using a combination of traditional and contemporary scientific knowledge and techniques.
Indigenous Literacy Day is a day we celebrate Indigenous culture and focus on adult literacy rates in Indigenous communities. In the Western NSW communities of Brewarrina and Walgett, an adult literacy campaign has led to improved literacy rates and increased employment opportunities, confidence and self-esteem.