Indigenous Advancement Strategy Grant (IAS)

Up to $4.9B is available from IAS to deliver a range of programmes targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Indigenous Advancement Strategy Grant (IAS)

The Indigenous Advancement Strategy Grant (IAS)  is the strategy through which the Australian Government funds and delivers a range of programmes specifically for Indigenous Australians.

The IAS is made up of five programmes:

  • Jobs, Land and Economy
  • Children and Schooling
  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • Culture and Capability
  • Remote Australia Strategies.



Australia will only achieve its true potential when all Australians, including Indigenous Australians, have equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of society. The underlying causes of disadvantage that Indigenous Australians face are complex and the Australian Government has set 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 improves the lives of families and communities. The right conditions and incentives need to be in place for Indigenous Australians 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.

Improvements in the three priority areas are also facilitated through support for activities that strengthen the capability of Indigenous Australians and organisations. The flexibility of the IAS ensures that Indigenous Australians are actively involved in the development and delivery of local solutions.



In the 2015-16 Budget, the Australian Government allocated $4.9 billion to the IAS, over four years to 2018-19, for grant funding processes and administered procurement activities that address the objectives of the IAS.

As at 31 October 2015, approximately $3.5 billion has been committed over this four year period, with around $1 billion of these commitments flowing from the September 2014, IAS Grant Funding Round.

The provision of any future grant funding by the Department will be subject to sufficient funds being available.



There are three ways for proposals to be considered for grant funding under the IAS:

1. Department invites applications

  • Open grant process
  • Targeted grant process

2. Department approaches organisation.

3. Department responds to community led proposals.

To be eligible for grant funding under the IAS, applicants must be a legal entity and have full legal capacity to enter into a Project Agreement with the Commonwealth. For example, applicants may be:

  • Aboriginal Corporations (incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 and administered by the Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations [ORIC]).
  • Incorporated Associations (incorporated under State/Territory legislation, commonly have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc’ in their legal name).
  • Incorporated Cooperatives (also incorporated under State/Territory legislation, commonly have ’Cooperative’ in their legal name).
  • Companies (incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 – may be not-for-profit or for-profit proprietary company (limited by shares or by guarantee) or public companies).
  • Organisations established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or State/Territory legislation (many public benevolent institutions, churches, universities, etc.).
  • A partner on behalf of a Partnership.
  • Trustees on behalf of a Trust.
  • State/Territory or Local Governments.
  • Where a particular need has been identified, the Department may also consider an individual or individuals (either jointly or separately) for contractual arrangements.

An unincorporated association is not a legal entity and will not be contracted by the Department.

The Department will only enter into a Project Agreement with a single entity. Where two or more entities seek funding as a consortium, a member entity, or a newly created entity must be appointed as the lead that will enter into any agreements with the Department. The lead entity must be identified in any application for funding and that application should identify all members of the proposed consortium.

In addition, unless otherwise set out in the application kit, applicants must:

  • Not be bankrupt or subject to insolvency proceedings (as relevant to the entity type).
  • Have an ABN and be registered for GST purposes, where relevant.
  • Be financially viable for purpose, as assessed by the Department.
  • Not have been named as non-compliant under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
  • Meet the incorporation requirements as set out at Section 7.3 of this document.



Applications open on an ongoing basis.


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