Up to $8.2M is available to support activities aiming to improve health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP) aims to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a variety of activities focused on local health needs as well as targeted responses to particular health issues and activity across the life course.
The aim of this capital works Activity is to improve access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to safe and effective essential health services through the provision of culturally appropriate, fit for purpose health infrastructure across Australia.
The Activity will achieve this outcome through the following objectives:
- assessing the need for proposed capital works, including the identification of gaps in service provision and strategies to address them;
- providing culturally appropriate, fit for purpose health infrastructure that:
- supports the delivery of primary health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and/or
- supports dialysis treatment and renal support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in remote communities, particularly in Central Australia; and/or
- increases the capacity of organisations to attract and retain a clinical workforce by providing staff accommodation for health professionals;
- providing project management support to organisations funded for capital projects and ensuring appropriate use of Commonwealth funds; andx
- addressing the need for emergency repairs, urgent maintenance and upgrade issues that affect the safety and accessibility of clinics and residential staff facilities.
Implementation of this Activity will align with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013 – 2023 Implementation Plan which will focus on systematic service improvement and addressing geographic disparities through more effective and innovative regional arrangements.
The Australian Government is providing funding of up to $5.0 million (GST exclusive) in 2016-17 and $8.2 million (GST exclusive) in 2017-18 under the IAHP for this Activity.
The value of individual grants will vary based on need, as demonstrated by applicants in their responses to the selection criteria, the specific activities to be undertaken by each grant recipient and the expected grant outcomes. Grant funding awarded under this funding round may only be used for the activities addressed in this Invitation to Apply. Funding for other activities under the IAHP will be awarded through separate funding processes.
Funded projects must be consistent with the outcomes and objectives of the IAHP
The following activities and items are eligible to receive funding under the Activity:
- purchasing, lease negotiation costs, building (including prefabricated structures), extending or refurbishing clinics and/or health residential staff accommodation, including the freehold purchase of vacant land, repairs and maintenance costs, furniture and fittings, and professional fees associated with undertaking the above works;
- the payment of statutory charges and costs associated with the connection of essential services, such as power, water and sewerage;
- professional services associated with the project management of Commonwealth funded capital works projects;
- works which complement capital projects currently funded by the department where significant benefit from the additions can be demonstrated – funds must not be used for any previously funded works; and
- the purchase and installation of renewable energy equipment in remote locations including where the electricity supply is unreliable or a significant cost for health service providers
For most projects the department will require a suitably qualified construction project manager to be engaged by the grant recipient to supervise all construction works for the duration of the project.
The department may also consider other options for meeting the capital outcomes sought from EOI responses, including funding IBA to own and lease infrastructure to applicants, where better value with relevant money can be achieved.
Only organisations shortlisted under the Stage 1 Expression of Interest will be invited to apply for an Indigenous Capital Works grant under this Stage 2 Invitation to Apply.
The department may also directly approach Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) to deliver projects under the Activity where the department determines that a leasing arrangement with an applicant will achieve better value with relevant money.
The eligibility of applicants will be considered as a first step before applications are assessed against the Selection Criteria. Each applicant must satisfy the eligibility criteria in section 4 of this document in order to be considered for funding. All applications will also be checked for compliance with the following requirements:
- applicants must currently be receiving primary health care funding under the IAHP;
- the application must be completed in English using the application form provided;
- the application must address all questions/criteria;
- all attachments listed in section 18 of this Invitation to Apply should be included;
- the application must be for the project that was shortlisted under the Stage 1 EOI process;
- applicants must complete a separate application form for each project they are invited to apply for as a result of their EOI response in Stage 1; and
- the declaration in the application form must be signed by a person authorised to act on behalf of the applicant.
Only applications that satisfy all eligibility requirements will proceed to assessment against Selection Criteria and rated against the scale in Table 1: Assessment rating scale. The Assessment Committee may contact applicants to clarify the eligibility or compliance of an application at the discretion of the chair of the Assessment Committee.
Applications close 8 September 2016.