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Budget 2018: Safer Communities Fund receives $30m for new grants



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The Hon Alex Hawke MP Assistant Minister for Home Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE

10 May 2018

Safer Communities Fund receives $30m for new grants

The Turnbull Government is reinforcing its commitment to keep Australia safe and secure by allocating a further $30 million in the 2018-19 Budget to the successful Safer Communities Fund.

The Safer Communities Fund, a 2016 election commitment, initially received $40 million to support local communities address crime and anti-social behaviour and to protect organisations that may face risks from racial or religious intolerance.

The Safer Communities Fund is already delivering more than 70 projects, with approximately 150 additional projects being considered.

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Alex Hawke, said the Safer Communities Fund aims to improve security, reduce street crime and violence and improve perceptions of community safety, leading to greater community resilience and wellbeing.

“Due to its success, the Government is providing an additional $30 million in funding to run an additional competitive grant round in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years,” Mr Hawke said.

“All Australians have the right to feel safe and secure and the Safer Communities Fund is one way of achieving that.

“We will continue to put funds towards projects that make our streets, communities and our nation safer.”

The Safer Communities Fund is generally provided to local councils and community organisations to deliver local security infrastructure, such as fixed and mobile closed-circuit television (CCTV), lighting and crime prevention through environmental design.

“It is targeted at crime hotspots to prevent, deter and detect crime, as well as to protect community organisations that are facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance,” Mr Hawke said.

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Round three of the Safer Communities Fund will open for applications in 2018-19.

More information on how to apply for funding will be available at business.gov.au in due course.

For further information: Assistant Minister’s Office - 02 6277 4430