Grants and Funding

The Indigenous-specific funding managed by the Department is allocated through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) and National Partnership Agreements, Special Accounts, Special Appropriations. A significant level of grant funding is also available through Indigenous-specific and mainstream programmes delivered by other agencies, as well as PM&C Indigenous Portfolio bodies.

For information on the IAS Guidelines, funding agreement and application forms see Funding under the IAS.


The Department acknowledges that the large majority of funded organisations are willing and able to comply with the obligations of their grant funding agreements.

However, some organisations may be inadvertently non-compliant, may engage in inappropriate activities which do not meet requirements, or in a small number of cases, may have entrenched non-compliance issues that will require remediation.

In circumstances of non-compliance, the Department considers an appropriate response.

Where there is suspected complex or serious non-compliance, the Department undertakes a compliance review to address any allegations or potential breaches of the funding agreement.

The Indigenous Advancement Strategy Guidelines March 2016 provides an overview of the Department’s management of organisational risk and compliance.


The Department does not tolerate dishonest or fraudulent behaviour. We are committed to deterring, preventing and detecting such behaviour in the delivery of programmes to disadvantaged Australians. For further information refer to our Control and Fraud Reporting page.

If you ever suspect any fraudulent behaviour in relation to funding provided by the Department, please report it to

Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC)

The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations is an independent statutory office holder who administers the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).

ORIC supports and regulates corporations that are incorporated under the CATSI Act. It does this in a variety of ways, for example by:

  • advising them on how to incorporate
  • training directors, members and key staff in good corporate governance
  • making sure they comply with the law, and
  • intervening when needed.

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