Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS)
Although not a budget announcement, the recent announcements of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding have implications for the Sector’s business model.
NACCHO recently prepared a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering processes.
This submission was developed based on surveys with Member Services and the outcomes made available on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website.
NACCHO surveyed (94) Member Services throughout April, following the announcement of the IAS funding outcomes.
NACCHO has found that:
- Funding for ACCHSs has been reduced by approximately $112,884 through the IAS funding from the (4000) grants received in the 2014-15 financial year.
- Most of the program categories were retained overall, but re-allocated between ACCHSs. The absence of funding for Men’s Health and Prevention programs is notable.
- Many services did not apply due to the confusing templates and miscommunications from the Department with the ACCHSs.
- Fifty percent of the 94 Services NACCHO surveyed did not apply for funding.
Based on the data provided by the Department, NACCHO found that the largest percentage of funding was provided to the Business sector ($53,842,646) equating to 67 per cent of the total funding committed. The Other Health organisations, church, charity and non for profit, Business for Profit, Government Departments and Sporting group categories that are not Aboriginal specific organisations were awarded 73 per cent of the total expenditure under the IAS.
NACCHO has calculated a reduction of IAS funding allocations of $1,202,919,558 overall to essential frontline services including for services for Social Emotional Wellbeing, Alcohol and Drugs, Bringing Them Home, Men’s Health, Youth and Early Years.
The reduction of total funds available in this 2014-15 year of $3,818,923,735 means an overall reduction of 51.4 percent in the Indigenous Affairs portfolio.
NACCHO will lobby for SEWB, AOD and Men’s health programs in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to return to the Department of Health as result of these outcomes.
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