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Monday, 26 November 2018
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Indigenous Protected Area Funding

(Question No. 1018)


Ms Sharkie asked the Minister for the Environment, in writing, on 15 August 2018:

(1) In respect of the sum of funding allocated to extend the Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) program, in September 2017 Minister Frydenberg announced it would be $93 million and in July 2018 Minister Scullion announced it would be $87 million; why is there a $6 million discrepancy.(2) Is the $6 million discrepancy (a) yet to be delivered to Indigenous organisations in the implementation of the management of the IPA network; if so, what is the process for allocating this funding, and (b) being allocated to administrative costs; if so (i) why, and (ii) what is the breakdown of expenditure.

(3) Do the Department of the Environment and Energy and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet plan to distribute to Indigenous organisations on the ground (a) the total sum of allocated funding, or (b) a portion of the allocated funding; if the latter, what sum.(4) What is the breakdown of the expenditure of (a) allocated, and (b) expended (to date), IPA program funding.


Ms Sharkie: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The September 2017 announcement by the (then) Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, of $93.4 million over five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23 to support ongoing Indigenous Protected Areas was the full allocation from the Natural Heritage Trust and comprised $87.75 million of administered funding and $5.60 million of departmental funding. The July 2018 announcement by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion refers to the full allocation of administered funding from 2018-19 to 2022-23.

(2) There is no discrepancy. As stated above, the $93.4 million announcement included funding allocated to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in departmental funding to administer the Indigenous Protected Area Program over five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23.

(3) $87.868 million has been allocated to ongoing Indigenous Protected Area projects over five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23 under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. This comprises the initial $87.75 million and $0.118 million added through indexation of IPA funding at 1.4 percent.

(4) (a) $87.868 million in grant funding has been allocated through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to ongoing Indigenous Protected Area projects over five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23.

(b) As at 30 September 2018, $4.9 million had been expended. Funding is released over the length of funding agreements pending the completion of project milestones.