The Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP) is a collaborative partnership between the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and the Australian Army targeting remote Indigenous communities. AACAP's first project commenced in 1997 and funding is approximately $6 million per year.
AACAP objectives are aligned with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the Gap strategy and the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing.
The objectives of AACAP are:
- Supplying safe and adequate housing that will contribute to improved living standards for Indigenous people in remote communities.
- Providing structured training programs to enhance employment opportunities for the local Indigenous community in a range of areas including construction and where applicable the recurrent management of constructed assets.
- Utilising Army resources to provide primary health and veterinary care.
- Integrating activity with State, Territory and Local Government activity and link funding projects to regional plans, other programs and related activities.
- Demonstrating and implementing best practice techniques in project planning, delivery and management.
- Improving access to health services by improving transport/communication infrastructure.
- Providing construction, or upgrade, of facilities that assist in closing the gap where appropriate.
One project is undertaken in one remote community each calendar year. Each project has a construction component, a health component and a training component.
The construction component focuses on the provision of environmental health infrastructure such as housing, water, sewerage and electrical services as well as improving access to primary health care facilities by constructing or upgrading roads and airfields. The health component focuses on augmenting existing community medical, dental and veterinary programs. The training component focuses on specific skills required within the community and can include courses on construction and building maintenance, vehicle and small engine management, welding, concrete and cooking.
The map below shows the locations of where AACAP was delivered between 1997 and 2010.
Further information on AACAP can be found at the Department of Defence website.