Closing the Gap - Reconciliation Australia - continuation

Closing the Gap - Reconciliation Australia - continuation

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Key Elements

The Australian Government will provide funding of $10.8 million over three years to Reconciliation Australia from 1 July 2010 to be used for operational costs.

Grant funds in each year to 2012-13 will be $3.6 million per annum.

A recent evaluation of Reconciliation Australia showed that it is achieving outcomes and recommended continued funding.

Further funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to re-setting the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Reconciliation Australia works towards closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through education in communities, schools and the corporate sector.

This includes:

  • Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs); 
  • Indigenous governance program; 
  • 40th anniversary 1967 referendum activities; and 
  • Engagement with corporate and academic sectors.

The RAP program has been particularly successful among the corporate, government, education and non-government organisation sectors – with almost 300 new RAPs completed by organisations employing over one million people in total, and commitments for approximately 2,000 new jobs for Indigenous people.

Background

Reconciliation Australia is a key organisation working for reconciliation and is acknowledged as a primary driver of community level education and awareness programs.

Australian of the Year, Professor Mick Dodson, and Dr Mark Liebler are co-chairs of the Board of Reconciliation Australia, which has embarked on an expanded range of programs over recent years in line with the Australian public’s willingness to become involved in the reconciliation process.

Since 2000, Reconciliation Australia has received $20 million from government, a proportion of which has been invested to generate returns to be used for operating costs.

With market factors affecting returns, and an expanding range of programs, the organisation’s available funds will be exhausted during calendar 2010.

This initiative will secure future operations of the organisation and ensure its valuable contribution to Australia continues.

Implementation

Grant funds in each year to 2012-13 will be $3.6 million per annum.

The current Deed of Grant will be replaced with a four year funding agreement to enable program outcomes to be more strategically aligned with key Government agendas, including Closing the Gap.

Total Government Funding

$10.8 million over three years to Reconciliation Australia from 1 July 2010.

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