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Indigenous Advancement Strategy

A new approach to engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve real results.

The Australian Government is committed to achieving better results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in three priority areas - getting children to school, adults into work and building safe communities.

To make this happen, the Government is transforming the way Indigenous programmes are delivered through the implementation of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

The Indigenous Advancement Strategy consolidates the many different Indigenous policies and programmes that were delivered by Government into five overarching programmes, making it easier for organisations delivering local services. The new programme streams are:

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

The Indigenous Advancement Strategy is changing 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.

Recent stories

12 Apr 2016

The Australian Government has made Indigenous Affairs a significant national priority. 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.

Indigenous trades person.
8 Sep 2014

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced the first grant round for funding under the $4.8 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy will open today, Monday 8 September 2014, for six weeks.

Budget 2014-2015
13 May 2014

The 2014-15 Budget is part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia.

More Information

On the 21 March 2016, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet published revised Indigenous Advancement Strategy Grant Guidelines.

To find out more about the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, visit the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website.

You can also talk to your local Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet contact on 1800 079 098.