Follow us on LinkedInFollow us on TwitterFollow us on FacebookFollow us on Instagram

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Aboriginals Benefit Account funding overview

Indigenous AffairsLand and HousingABA Aboriginals Benefit Account
Monday, 02 July 2018
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

An overview of items that the the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) does and does not fund.

Key principles of ABA Grant Funding

  • Proposals must be for the benefit of Indigenous residents of the NT.
  • Funding is for one-off projects that have a start and end date.
  • ABA does not fund ongoing projects, with the exception of support for land councils to deliver funerals and ceremonial support.
  • Applications that support participation of Aboriginal controlled organisations that are based in the NT will be looked upon favourably.
  • Applications that support employment of Indigenous Australians will be looked upon favourably. 
  • Activities that should be funded through mainstream funding, such as government funding, are not eligible.
  • Business proposals need to verify their financial viability by obtaining Indigenous Business Australia’s (IBA) independent opinion.
  • Land acquisition proposals should be supported by independent opinion from the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC).

Examples of what ABA has been funding

  • Aboriginal controlled organisations based in the NT.
  • Applicants that request funding for Indigenous positions.
  • Business applications that IBA assess as viable.
  • Business applications that are further enhanced by applicants demonstrating commitment through co-contribution.
  • Applicants that can demonstrate their ability to deliver their proposal.
  • Projects that demonstrate they are not the responsibility of mainstream funding.

Examples of what ABA has NOT been funding

  • Proposals that do not clearly address the selection criteria.
  • Projects that do not have an end date.
  • Services and capital works that should be delivered via existing government funding.
  • Business proposals that cannot demonstrate viability.
  • Pilot projects that do not demonstrate a pathway to transition to a programme if successful.
  • Sole traders that propose to purchase significant assets but do not address how the asset will be managed post project or in the event of project failure.
  • Applications that cannot demonstrate support from those who are intended to benefit.
  • Research and conferences that are not linked to tangible outcomes for Indigenous Territorians.
  • Proposals that are for investment purposes.
  • Rangers. Ranger groups are encouraged to apply for funding from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

For more information you can contact the ABA team on 1800 354 612 or email

Back to Resource Centre