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Indigenous Advancement Strategy

12 Apr 2016

The Australian Government has made Indigenous Affairs a significant national priority. The Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) is the way in which the Australian Government funds and delivers a range of programmes targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Australian Government has set three clear priorities to make sure efforts are effectively targeted:

  • The positive impact that education has on the future success of individuals, families and communities is clear. Children who go to school have better life outcomes.
  • Employment, economic development and social participation improves the lives of families and communities. The right conditions and incentives need to be in place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in the economy and broader society.
  • Growing up in a healthy and safe home and community is essential for families to thrive and reach their full potential. In particular, the violence that too many women and children face must be addressed.

In the 2015-16 Budget, the Australian Government allocated $4.9 billion to the IAS, over four years to 2018-19, for grant funding processes and administered procurement activities that address the objectives of the IAS.

Through the IAS, the Australian Government is working to improve the way that the Government does business with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to ensure funding actually achieves outcomes.

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The revised Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Guidelines, which were implemented on 21 March 2016, apply to grant funding only. They do not apply to other funding delivery models available under the IAS, such as the procurement of goods and services.

More information about the IAS, including current grant funding rounds, is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.