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Minister Scullion: $328,800 to support First Australians in Wollongong

17 Aug 2017

Joint Media Release

Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

The Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation will be able to provide additional support for First Australians in the Wollongong region, thanks to a $328,800 grant from the Coalition Government.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation would receive the funding to provide case management for youths in contact with the criminal justice system and at risk of incarceration through until 30 June 2019.

“Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government – and this investment will enable the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation to provide additional support to people who need it the most,” Minister Scullion said.

Liberals Senator for New South Wales, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, said that through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), the Government was providing targeted investment to those working on the ground to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous Australians.

“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with an Indigenous organisation to improve outcomes for First Australians living in the Wollongong region,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

Basilia McGaw, Manager - Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation, said the funding secured the continuation of services to the Illawarra Aboriginal community.

“Our programme ‘Koori Strong’ will provide intensive support to clients, their families and carers, and service workers with education and community awareness. The Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation is dedicated to meeting the social, cultural and economic needs of Aboriginal people in the Illawarra region,” Mrs McGaw said.

The Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation is one of 43 recently funded under the IAS.  Services have been funded to provide intensive support to Indigenous people most affected in the following areas: alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, mental health and wellbeing and youth offending.

Existing service providers will share $18,530,899 in Government funding through until 30 June 2019 to transition from the Indigenous Community Links programme to new place-based, intensive support services that address specific safety and wellbeing needs. A further $3,728,066 will be provided until 30 June 2019 for new services in areas where a safety and wellbeing service gap has been identified.

The final year of funding is dependent on the projects providing strong outcomes for their clients.

Service providers will be asked to collect service data to assess the impact of the service, to better understand what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and contribute to the evidence base.

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