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Announcements | 20 Dec 2017

The Australian Government, on behalf of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), is asking all Australians for their views to help construct the next phase of the Closing the Gap agenda and has released a COAG discussion paper to support ongoing consultations that have been held this year and will continue into 2018.

Announcements | 23 Oct 2017

Ministers from federal, state and territory governments will meet in Canberra today to focus national efforts on Indigenous policy.

Announcements | 28 Sep 2017

Ngoonbi Cooperative Society will be able to provide additional case management services in Kuranda and the nearby Indigenous communities of Kowrowa, Mantaka and Koah, thanks to a $472,687 investment by the Coalition Government.

Announcements | 13 Sep 2017

As home of the world’s oldest continuous culture, Australia has joined the world to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Announcements | 3 Feb 2017

The Coalition Government will allocate $10 million a year over four years to strengthen the evaluation of Indigenous Affairs programmes.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the multi-year programme of evaluations would be underpinned by a formal Evidence and Evaluation Framework to strengthen reporting, monitoring and evaluation at a contract, programme and outcome level.

“The IAS has already greatly improved the transparency and accountability of Indigenous Affairs funding,” Minister Scullion said.

Announcements | 3 Feb 2017


The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) audit of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy is an assessment of the 2014 grant funding round – and should be viewed as a historical observation on a process carried out two-and-a-half years ago.

My department, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), has accepted the four recommendations contained in the ANAO report – and has either taken action, or is implementing changes, to make improvements consistent with the recommendations.

Announcements | 28 Oct 2015
The Australian Government is calling for people to have their say as it revises the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Guidelines.
Announcements | 23 Oct 2015

The Australian Government is calling for people to have their say as it revises the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Guidelines.

A series of forums are being held with service providers and community members across the country to discuss how the guidelines can be improved to ensure everyone can make the most of the opportunities the IAS offers.

Forums are currently scheduled in the following locations beginning in Melbourne on 28 October 2015 and running through until mid-November:

Announcements | 18 Sep 2015

Federal Government funding of over $500,000 for a playgroup project in Borroloola is a big win for the community in both early education and employment.

Announcements | 7 Sep 2015

The Australian’s analysis today of Indigenous-specific funding is fundamentally flawed.

The writer confuses the outcomes of the grant-funding round under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) with other funding provided through the overall IAS.