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Minister Scullion: Additional family case management services for First Australians in Albany and Katanning

12 Jul 2017

Joint media release with Mr Rick Wilson MP - Member for O’Connor

The Southern Aboriginal Corporation will be able to provide additional case management services in Albany and Katanning, with a focus on supporting disadvantaged families with complex needs, thanks to a $731,035 grant from the Coalition Government.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that Southern Aboriginal Corporation would receive funding to provide family case management services through until 30 June 2019 to vulnerable Indigenous people in Albany and Katanning.   

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

Minister Scullion 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 Albany and Katanning,” Minister Scullion said.

Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, said he had been working with Southern Aboriginal Corporation to ensure it had the resources at its disposal to assist disadvantaged families in the Great Southern.

“They’ve been doing an excellent job of providing critical services for Aboriginal families who need it most and it’s great to see their funding has been extended,” Mr Wilson said.

Southern Aboriginal Corporation’s CEO, Asha Bhat, welcomed the funding announcement.

“It will help the vulnerable families who often have multiple complex needs and can experience a range of interconnected issues. These include substance abuse, physical and mental health issues, unemployment, homelessness, social isolation, intergenerational grief and trauma, domestic violence, poor education/parenting and marginalisation from society,” Mrs Bhat said.

“The Indigenous Family Support Services (IFSS) will work intensively with between 10 -12 vulnerable Indigenous families per case worker annually from each location (Albany and Katanning).

“Southern Aboriginal Corporation’s business is both special and unique in that all business and development considerations are made by an all Aboriginal Board of Directors with a single purpose for the betterment of the regional Noongar population in all aspects of their lives.”

The Southern Aboriginal Corporation 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.

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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Visit the Minister's website to view the original media release.