Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Funds

The Australian Government has introduced the Indigenous Advancement Strategy with the objective of achieving real results in the key priority areas of getting children to school, adults into work, and building safer communities.

The new flexible programme structure supports a new way of working with Indigenous people, communities, industries, business and service providers, allowing for joint development of solutions that will work over the long term, including through regional or local solutions. Funded organisations are expected to work closely with Indigenous communities in the design and delivery of projects.

Under this strategy, many individual programmes and activities have been streamlined into five broad programmes to make it easier for organisations delivering important services in communities.

Thematic Issues

  • Jobs, land and economy – getting adults into work, fostering Indigenous business and assisting Indigenous people to generate economic and social benefits from the effective use of their land;
  • Children and schooling – getting children to school, improving education outcomes and supporting families to give children a good start in life;
  • Safety and wellbeing – ensuring that Indigenous people are healthy and enjoy the emotional and social wellbeing experienced by other Australians;
  • Culture and capability – supporting Indigenous Australians to maintain their culture, participate in the economic and social life of the nation and ensure that organisations are capable of delivering quality services to their clients; and
  • Remote Australia strategies – addressing the social and economic disadvantage in remote Australia and supporting solutions based on community and government priorities.

Funding Available

The total Indigenous-specific funding managed by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is $8.6 billion consisting of:

  • $4.9 billion over four years to the IAS; and
  • $3.7 billion allocated through National Partnership Agreements, Special Accounts, Special Appropriations.
  • A significant level of grant funding is also available through Indigenous-specific and mainstream programmes delivered by other agencies, as well as PM&C Indigenous Portfolio bodies.

Application Process

Under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), organisations and individuals are able to apply for funding under one set of guidelines, through one application form, and have a single Funding Agreement with the Department.

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