Indigenous Advancement Strategy


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The Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) is the way the Australian Government funds and delivers a range of programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Australian Government has three clear priorities to make sure efforts are effectively targeted:

  • The positive impact that education has on the future success of individuals, families and communities is clear. Children who go to school have better life outcomes.
  • Employment, economic development and social participation improve the lives of families and communities. The right conditions and incentives need to be in place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in the economy and broader society.
  • Growing up in a healthy and safe home and community is essential for families to thrive and reach their full potential. In particular, the violence that too many women and children face must be addressed.

In the 2018-19 Budget, the Australian Government allocated $5.1 billion to the IAS, over four years to 2021-22, for grant funding processes and administered procurement activities that address the objectives of the IAS.

Through the IAS, the Australian Government is working to improve the way the Government does business with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure funding achieves outcomes.

The structure of the IAS supports working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities, industries, business and service providers. It allows for joint development of solutions at the regional and local level. Funded providers are expected to work closely with Indigenous communities in the design and delivery of projects.

The IAS is supported by the Regional Network in PM&C, which positions senior decision makers close to the people and communities they work with. Staff in the PM&C Regional Network work closely with funded providers and communities to develop and implement local solutions to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

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