Closing the Gap - Northern Territory - Local Priorities Fund

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Key Elements

The Australian Government will invest $10.0 million in 2009-10 for Immediate Local Priorities Fund (ILPF) to provide streamlined access to flexible funding to meet the immediate needs of prescribed communities in the Northern Territory.

The ILPF provides support that cannot be met from other programs for projects identified in partnership with the community, such as minor infrastructure, projects to improve community environmental health and repairs or upgrades to community facilities. The ILPF provides a basic platform on which other programs can build and improve the effectiveness of programs and services in communities. Community participation in ILPF projects is encouraged, particularly where the project provides opportunities for training and other capacity building activities for community members.


The ILPF is a vital component of the stabilisation phase of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) as it enables a streamlined response to urgent Indigenous community needs that fall outside established programs. Government Business Managers will work with the 73 NTER prescribed communities to identify and address critical community priorities.


The ILPF is provided for 2009-2010 only and any approved activities must be completed within this year.

Program funding agreements with service providers will be generated and managed using the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Grant Management System.

Total Government Funding

$10.0 million in 2009-10

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