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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.

Recent stories

Three Aboriginal ladies sitting on the ground outside and surrounded by purple flowers.
26 Sep 2017

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.

One Indigenous male standing in lagoon wearing waders, another on the bank holding material which is part of the fish trap and an Indigenous woman further up the bank holding a pole.
8 Sep 2017

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 man with green hat and grey t-shirt writes on a paper as an Indigenous woman in red and black apparel points at the paper. Another Indigenous woman sits on a couch in the background.
6 Sep 2017

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.

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.