Indigenous Capability and Development Program Guidelines

 

    Through the Indigenous Capability and Development Program, FaHCSIA supports a range of activities and services that aim to improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians. The Program also assists organisations that have similar aspirations to improve the outcomes for Indigenous people, including building mutual understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and support for some research activities. The Indigenous Capability and Development Program Components are:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account;
    • Aboriginals Benefit Account (Special Appropriation);
    • Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians;
    • Flexible Funding;
    • Indigenous Capability and Development;
    • Ranger Agreement; and
    • The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.

    The aims and objectives of the seven Components are:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account – to provide a secure and ongoing source of funds to the Indigenous Land Corporation in perpetuity to provide economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits for Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders by assisting in the acquisition and management of an Indigenous land base;
    • Aboriginals Benefit Account (Special Appropriation) – to administer statutory royalty equivalent monies calculated from royalties paid to Government from mining on Aboriginal Land in the Northern Territory under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, consistent with the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997;
    • Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians: expert panel – to provide secretariat support to the Government appointed Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians;
    • Flexible Funding – to address priority needs through flexible funding for strategic investments, including community development projects in Remote Service Delivery National Partnership priority communities and elsewhere;
    • Indigenous Capability and Development – to deliver services that support Indigenous individuals, families and communities to improve their wellbeing and engagement with government, with a focus on leadership and capacity building and promoting Indigenous culture and knowledge; and to provide funding for independent organisations that deliver similar functions;
    • Ranger Agreement – to make payments to the Northern Land Council as a form of rental to ensure access to the Ranger Project area for the purposes of mining; and
    • The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations – to register, regulate and provide services that address the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations in improving their corporate governance.

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