Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council will be able to provide additional case management services in Yarrabah, thanks to a $627,092 grant from the Coalition Government.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council would receive funding to expand existing services to deliver intensive case management to youth at risk and their family members through until 30 June 2019.
“Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government – and this investment will enable the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council to provide additional support to people who need it the most,” Minister Scullion said.
Northern-based Senator and Chair of the Northern Australia Development White Paper Implementation oversight Committee, Ian Macdonald, said that through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), the Government was providing targeted investment to those working on the ground to make a difference in the lives of First Australians.
“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in Yarrabah,” Senator Macdonald said.
The Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council project is one of 43 recently funded under the IAS. Services have been funded to provide intensive support to Indigenous people most affected in the following areas: alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, mental health and wellbeing, and youth offending.
Yarrabah Mayor Cr Ross Andrews said the funding would ensure essential support services were able to continue.
“Being able to provide a continuity of support for those members of the local community who access these services is of critical importance, so I welcome the funding,” Cr Andrews said.
Existing service providers will share $18,019,301 in Government funding through until 30 June 2019 to transition from the Indigenous Community Links programme to new place-based, intensive support services that address specific safety and wellbeing needs. A further $4,239,664 will be provided until 30 June 2019 for new services in areas where a safety and wellbeing service gap has been identified.
The final year of funding is dependent on the projects providing strong outcomes for their clients.
Service providers will be asked to collect service data to assess the impact of the service, to better understand what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and contribute to the evidence base.