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Monday, 10 August 2015
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Richmond Electorate: Indigenous Affairs portfolio

(Question No. 742)

Mrs Elliot asked the Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, in writing, on 26 February 2015:

In respect of the Government's $534.4 million cut to the Indigenous Affairs portfolio as outlined in the 2014-15 budget, (a) what (i) are the names, and (ii) is the total number, of local organisations within the electoral division of Richmond that are adversely affected, and (b) how will these services now be provided.

Mr Abbott: The Minister for Indigenous Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The 2014 Budget reported a savings of $534.4 million in the Indigenous Affairs Portfolio through the rationalisation of Indigenous programmes. This included savings from both the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Health portfolios, over five years. A significant proportion of the savings under this item in the Prime Minister's portfolio has been reinvested including through other budget items. The balance of the savings is achieved through the reduction of duplication, red tape and inefficiency realised by streamlining 150 programmes and activities into five simplified streams, not by reductions to services on the ground.

The merit based outcomes of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy open grant funding round were announced on 6 March 2015. Twenty six organisations applied in the electoral division of Richmond including nine that were the recipients of Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department) funding immediately before the round. Eleven were successful.

A key focus of the assessment process for the grant round was to ensure the maintenance of frontline service delivery. Where gaps are identified, the Department will work closely with providers and communities to address those issues.

The successful organisations within the Richmond electorate are:

1. Goonellabah Preschool Inc

2. Jarjum Aboriginal Centre Inc

3. Southern Cross University

4. Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council

5. The Buttery

6. The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Lismore

7. Northern Rivers VET in Schools Consortium Inc

8. Tweed Valley Women's Service

9. Nimbin Preschool and Childcare Association Inc

10. Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre Inc

11. Rekindling The Spirit Limited