Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Supporting communities and job seekers in remote Australia

Joint Media Release with:

  • Julie Collins MP
    Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development

    Warren Snowdon MP
    Minister for Indigenous Health
    Member for Lingiari

Sixteen organisations will share in $4.6 million from the Labor Government’s Community Development Fund to help deliver projects to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, participation and community development in remote communities across Australia.

The Australian Government recognises the important role local organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses play in fostering community and economic development and social cohesion across remote Australia.

The Government will also invest a further $22.5 million through the Community Development Fund over the coming weeks to support organisations to continue to deliver key community services and activities in remote communities and support Indigenous employment and participation.

The grants from the Community Development Fund are an integral part of the Government’s new $1.5 billion Remote Jobs and Communities Program.

As part of the grants announced today, 16 organisations will share in around $4.6 million to help strengthen communities and to support community development.

These projects will address the specific needs and priorities of communities, and the challenges faced by job seekers and employers in remote areas.

Projects being funded include $230,074 for Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation to develop infrastructure and staff capacity for two bakeries to generate ongoing employment opportunities in the Milingimbi and Raminginging regions in the Northern Territory.

Other projects funded include $100,000 to Alawa Aboriginal Corporation to help deliver welding and motor vehicle maintenance courses in Ngukurr and Numbulwar in the Northern Territory, and $200,000 for the University of New England to deliver an adult literacy campaign in Engonia, Bourke and Wilcannia in New South Wales.

The Remote Jobs and Communities Program, which begun on 1 July 2013, will deliver a more streamlined and flexible approach to employment, participation and community development services in regions across remote Australia.

It will help people transition into jobs with proper wages and conditions and build sustainable communities.

Job seekers will be assisted by a single employment provider with a permanent presence in their region to ensure they are better supported to get the skills needed to get and keep a job. People who are not working will participate in activities that contribute to developing strong communities.



(RJCP Remote Region)

New CDF Projects 2013-14

University of New England

Adult Literacy Campaign

Upper Darling, NSW


Coolgaree Aboriginal Corporation

Support for the Coolgaree mechanical workshop

Palm Island, QLD


Coolgaree Aboriginal Corporation

Support the Coolgaree Infrastructure and General Maintenance Unit to build local business skills and provide opportunities for trade construction

Palm Island, QLD


Coolgaree Aboriginal Corporation

Support for the Coolgaree Bakery and General Store and this will provide ongoing work experience and apprenticeship opportunities

Palm Island, QLD


Jobfind Centres Australia Pty Ltd

Nursery and landscaping business on the Mornington Island

Wellesley, QLD


Meedac Incorporated

Funding is being provided to the Innovation Park Sustainable Living social enterprise to produce fresh produce for local communities

Mid-West WA


Kurungal Council Inc

A transaction agent to link community residents to government agencies to ensure continued economic support to communities

Fitzroy Valley, WA


Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation

A woman’s safe house that serves the Dampier community and surrounding areas

Kullari, WA


East Kimberly CDEP Pty Ltd

Training and support for local artists through Meebula Arts

Halls Creek/
Tjurabalan, WA


The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation

Development infrastructure and staff capacity for two bakeries to generate ongoing employment opportunities

Raminginging, NT


Two Way Communications

Cultural and community awareness programs targeted toward government employees, service providers and visitors to Milingimbi, Galiwinku, Ramingining and Gapuwiyak

Milingimbi/ Raminginging, NT


Tjuwanpa Outstation Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation

Restoring the Albert Namatjira & Rex Battarbee tourism site, to engage Indigenous job seekers in landscaping and construction activities

West Alice, NT


Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation

Funding will support a construction training program to support the construction of driveways, carports and paths in the Binjari Top Camp

Central Arnhem, NT


Lagulalya Aboriginal Corporation

Sustainable milling and furniture making at Bickerton Island

Groote, NT


Catholic Church of the Diocese of Darwin Property Trust

Refurbishment and conversion of the Finke Police Station into a museum and gallery; which will provide participation opportunities in construction and training in literacy and numeracy

South East Alice, NT


Jobfind Centres Australia

A sewing project for the local Gunbalanya Women’s Group to produce items to be sold at the local markets

West Arnhem, NT


Mabunji Aboriginal Resources Association Incorporated

Three projects involving local Indigenous people in development and maintenances of gardens and landscaping for public parks, grounds and houses across four town camps and twenty outstations in the region.

Gulf, NT


Central Desert Shire Council

Yuendumu Peace Park Project to create a public space for the Yuendumu community and provide design, landscaping, public words and construction opportunities for local Indigenous jobseekers

North West Alice, NT


Alawa Aboriginal Corporation

A facility at Hodgson Downs for the delivery of courses in welding and motor vehicle maintenance

Ngukurr/ Numbulwar, NT


New projects from Community Development Fund