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Minister Scullion: Creating opportunities in the NT through ABA Grants

27 Feb 2018
  • New Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funding round opens today and closes towards the end of March
  • Funding is for one-off projects that benefit Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
  • To apply, or for further information, visit the website of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Applications are now open for the next funding round of the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).  Northern Territory based organisations are being invited to apply for projects that provide lasting benefits for Aboriginal people and communities. 

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the next funding round, which opens today – will create economic opportunities across the Northern Territory (NT). 

“The ABA beneficial grants program has a long history and is well known in the NT. It provides funds that support one-off projects across the Territory – including important economic, infrastructure and cultural initiatives.” Minister Scullion said.  

“For this round of the ABA funding we particularly want to see projects that are 100 per cent committed to the employment of Indigenous Australians.

“I would encourage Indigenous organisations across the NT to consider applying in this funding round – the benefits of which can have a major impact on communities and change lives.”

The ABA is funded by payments from the Commonwealth based on the value of royalties generated from mining on Aboriginal land in the NT.

ABA grant funding is unique, in that it targets its support to activities that are not funded by other sources.

Applications will close at 4:30pm, Tuesday 27 March 2018. Further information on this upcoming funding round is available on the website of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet or by contacting the team directly by phone 1800 354 612 or email

Find out more

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

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