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Minister Scullion: Additional case management services for First Australians in the Tweed Heads region

1 Sep 2017

Joint media release

Senator John Williams, Senator for New South Wales

New Horizons Enterprises Limited will be able to provide additional case management services in the Tweed Heads region, thanks to a $329,567 grant from the Coalition Government.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that New Horizons Enterprises Limited would receive funding to provide case management services for 17 to 24 year old men who are at risk of entering the justice system and case management consisting of additional community, support and advocacy services for women with social and emotional wellbeing needs 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 New Horizons Enterprises to provide additional support to people who need it the most,” Minister Scullion said.

Nationals Senator for New South Wales, John Williams, 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 First Australians.

“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in the Tweed Heads region,” Senator Williams said.

Judi Higgins, CEO of New Horizons said: "New Horizons has a very proud history of working with Indigenous communities. We understand their very unique wellbeing needs and have a significant numbers of employees who identify as Indigenous. We welcome this funding and are looking forward to being able to enhance the services we already provide and extend them to other people in need of support."

The New Horizons project 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 $18,019,301 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 $4,239,664 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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