Driving Aboriginal Economic Development

The Northern Territory Government has awarded $1.7million to projects that will drive economic development and support capacity building in remote communities across the Territory.

A total of 43 projects from Aboriginal enterprises, partnerships and not-for-profit organisations received funding under the Remote Aboriginal Development Fund (RADF).

The RADF provides assistance for grant applicants to develop and deliver Aboriginal economic development and community capacity building initiatives in remote areas.

These programs will provide remote communities with benefits such as assistance to improve structures and skills of boards; operational-focused training such as project management; HR and procurement assistance and capacity building, including civic and cultural pride.

This funding forms part of the NT Government’s Local Decision Making Policy which will enhance community input into decision making related to service delivery.

Some of the funding includes:

  • Gumatj Corporation – funding towards a Cadastral Survey, sub division and lease registration to support the Equatorial Launch project;
  • Hermannsburg Historical Precinct – support for infrastructure works associated with the historical precinct;
  • Aboriginal Peak Organisation Northern Territory (APONT) – to strengthen Aboriginal governance and management in NT Aboriginal organisations so they can operate effectively to deliver diverse positive, social and economic outcomes.
  • Baniyala Garrangail Aboriginal Corporation – to grow remote business and local decision making through contributing to the employment of a resident business manager for the next three years.

A list of successful recipients can be found here.