Vision for the ABA Advisory Committee

The ABA Advisory Committee (ABAAC) will provide policy advice and support the decision making process for the allocation of ABA funding to assist Aboriginal Peoples in the Northern Territory to develop creative solutions to close the gap in both economic development and improved standards of living. The Advisory Committee will have a strong and influential voice and be recognised as expert advisors on Aboriginal affairs.

Guiding Principles

ABA funding is used to benefit Aboriginal Peoples of the Northern Territory by providing support to address the significant disadvantage they face as well as to create better opportunities for the future.

ABA funds:

  • Are used to add value and fill gaps where government programs and services do not exist.
  • Are used as complementary funding to assist in enabling the appropriate service provider to meet their responsibilities.
  • Are used to fund projects that must, at the local level, provide real training, create jobs and generate wealth.
  • Are used to help start projects, but wherever possible, commercial projects should stand alone after three years and not keep seeking ABA funds.
  • Are not meant to be used as a substitute for the mainstream service delivery responsibilities of the three levels of Governments (Australian, Northern Territory and Local Governments) and their various agencies.
  • A proportion of ABA funds may be retained and the level reviewed each year to ensure the continuation of the ABA for the future and possible consideration of key funding themes put forward by the Advisory Committee.

Funding Priorities

ABA funds will be targeted at the following priorities to benefit Northern Territory Aboriginal Peoples:

  • Families, groups and communities that do not have access to mainstream funding or services.
  • Projects which include a “buy in” from the public or private sectors, such as joint ventures.
  • Projects that are one-off in nature and not usually involve ongoing recurrent expenditure – such ongoing funding should be met by other sources.
  • Projects that support or include components of individual / group training or community capacity building e.g. scholarships and cadetships.
  • Projects that grow existing opportunities, or explore new opportunities, for Aboriginal involvement in economic development e.g. bush tucker, mining, carbon trading initiatives, activities on homelands and outstations.
  • Projects that support and strengthen families, women, men and youth.

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