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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Grant Funding

ABA grant funding is now open.

The ABA is a Special Account that benefits Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory (NT) established  under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. The ABA receives monies from the Commonwealth based on the value of royalties generated from mining on Aboriginal land in the NT.

ABA Open Grants fund projects delivered in the NT for the benefit of Aboriginal people. ABA Open Grants proposals should align with the objectives of supporting Indigenous enterprises;  community;  culture, language and leadership; or supporting land, sea and waters management and use.

Applications for ABA Open Grants are reviewed by the ABA Advisory Committee (ABAAC), which provides advice to the Minister for Indigenous Australians. Members of the ABAAC are representatives from across the NT and nominated by their respective land council. The ABA Advisory Committee (ABAAC) meeting dates are yet to be determined. Once the dates are finalised, this information will be provided on the ABA webpage. Please check this page regularly for further updates, otherwise please contact the ABA team if you have any queries.

The next ABA Advisory Committee (ABAAC) meeting is yet to be scheduled. Once the meeting date is confirmed, this page will be updated to include submission dates for ABA applications to be considered at the next meeting.  

Potential applicants should read the following information about ABA grants and the application process and talk their proposal through with the ABA team on 1800 354 612 or aba@official.niaa.gov.au to ensure it fits with the ABA targeted approach.

ABA Grants Information and Application Process

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