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Budget 2020-21: National Indigenous Australians Agency

Budget 2020-21: National Indigenous Australians Agency

Indigenous Affairs Closing the Gap Economic Development
Wednesday, 07 October 2020

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Budget 2020-21

On Tuesday 6 October 2020, the Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, delivered the 2020-21 Federal Budget.

The Budget delivered a number of important measures for the National Indigenous Australians Agency and portfolio bodies, including:

  • An additional investment of $150 million over three years for Indigenous Business Australia to deliver 360 home loans for new housing construction in regional Australia.
  • $100 million provided to the Queensland Government to address overcrowding in housing for Indigenous people in remote Queensland.
  • $46.5 million of grants over four years to be provided to boost the community controlled sector as part of the next phase of Closing the Gap. This will look to build their capacity and business models.
  • $10.1 million over four years to be provided to the Aboriginal Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) to continue the Return of Cultural Heritage initiative. This will secure the continued return of cultural heritage to traditional owners and custodians.
  • $39.8 million over four years for the Clontarf Foundation, including $7.6 million through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy for 2,000 extra scholarships on top of the 10,500 scholarships currently offered under existing arrangements.
  • $3.1 million to create four new Indigenous River Ranger groups to care for Country which will bring Indigenous knowledge and connection to country to support water and natural resource management activities within the Murray-Darling Basin.

Further information is available in the 2020-21 Portfolio Budget Statements and the media release from the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP.