Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Supporting Indigenous women across Australia

Indigenous women’s leadership, education and health initiatives are among 58 projects from across the nation to share in more than $3 million from the Labor Government through the Indigenous Women’s Grants program.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, said the grants program funds practical, local programs that encourage Indigenous women’s leadership, representation, safety, wellbeing and economic status.

“By investing in the skills and leadership of strong Indigenous women, we are taking the steps needed to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage,” Ms Macklin said.

“Women have an important leadership role in Indigenous communities and our investments recognise that by working together we can provide development opportunities that will help close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and build a ber future for Indigenous Australians.

“These grants will help local organisations such as the East Arnhem Shire Council in the NT and the Mildura Aboriginal Corporation in Victoria deliver a wide range of training programs, information sessions and workshops for Indigenous women.

“Funding includes $100,000 for the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service to hold information workshops in Lilydale, Shepparton, Halls Gap and Robinvale.

“The InCite Youth Arts Incorporated’s Southern Ngalia Women’s Cultural Dance program will receive $40,000 to provide workshops for women in the Northern Territory communities of Yuendumu, Nyirrpi and Willowra on maintaining cultural traditions and knowledge through dance and song.

“Indigenous women play a critical role as leaders and agents for change in their families and local communities.

“The Labor Government is committed to helping Indigenous women develop and grow their leadership skills so they can be a strong voice in their community.”

State Project Amount
NSW Biripi Women’s Leadership and Well Being Program Ghinni Ghinni Youth and Culture Aboriginal Corporation 25,000
Empowering, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Family Unit Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation 30,000
TAWIK MORE Kempsey Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) 25,000
Deadly Sista Girlz Deadly Sista Girlz Aboriginal Corporation 25,000
Waminda Cultural Women’s Project South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation 80,000
Meegais Aboriginal Women’s Group Lyndon Community Wandarma Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Service 10,000
Aboriginal Care Matters Women’s Legal Resources Limited 75,000
Learning Circles for Women The Junction Neighbourhood Centre Incorporated 10,000
Southern Highlands Aboriginal Women’s Information and Education Project Yamanda Aboriginal Association Incorporated 20,000
Emerging Women’s Leadership Course TAFE NSW New England Institute 50,000
Women of Hope Toomelah Co-operative Limited 4,000
Pioneer Women’s Group (incorporates the Deniliquin Aboriginal Women’s Retreat) Intereach NSW Incorporated 25,000
Regional Indigenous Women’s Gathering Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation Limited 50,000
TOTAL NSW 429,000
VIC Community Engagement Program Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service (ATSIFVPLS) 100,000
Aboriginal Women’s Gathering Circles and Networks Program Gippsland Lakes Community Health Centre 37,000
Swan Hill Women’s Program Mildura Aboriginal Corporation 12,500
Kerang Women’s Program Mildura Aboriginal Corporation 12,500
Warrnambool Co-ordinator to facilitate workshops for Indigenous Women Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Cooperative 25,000
TOTAL VIC 187,000
TAS Karadi Women’s Resource Centre Women’s Karadi Aboriginal Corporation 35,000
Advancing Women’s Project Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation (CHAC) 56,000
TOTAL TAS 91,000
QLD Personal Leadership Development Program (Lower Gulf region) Mirndiyan Gununa Aboriginal Corporation 50,000
Indigenous Women’s Leadership Program (Townsville) Bindal Sharks United Training, Employment, Sports and Recreation Aboriginal Corporation 80,000
Indigenous Women’s Development Program (Nai-Beguta Agama) Nai-Beguta Agama Aboriginal Corporation 65,000
Indigenous Women’s Development Program (Yabu-Mija) Yabu Mija Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation 50,000
Indigenous Women’s Wellbeing and Nutrition Program Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation 12,000
Indigenous Women’s Life Skills Program Nintiringanyi Cultural Training Centre 43,895
Pick Up Sticks Kurbingui Youth Development Association Incorporated 28,606
Inala Indigenous Women’s Program Inala Wangarra Incorporated 60,000
Many Threads Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group Incorporated 30,000
Black and Deadly Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Community Consultation 64,279
Goondir Indigenous Sewing Group Goondir Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Services (Goondir Health) 11,000
Maranoa Women’s Leadership Program Surat Aboriginal Corporation 50,000
Indigenous Women’s Programs (Rockhampton) Saima Torres Strait Islander Corporation 25,000
TOTAL QLD 569,780
NT Indigenous Women’s Development Program The Victoria Daly Shire Council 120,000
Katherine Region Indigenous Women’s Leadership Network Program Katherine Region Allied Health & Related Services 40,000
Knucky Women’s Centre The Belyuen Community Government Council 126,219
Community Development Project The Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation 140,000
Southern Ngalia Women’s Cultural Dance Program InCite Youth Arts Incorporated 40,000
Women’s Professional Development Program Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association 39,030
Indigenous Women’s Support and Development Program East Arnhem Shire Council 130,000
Gong Wapitja Women’s Program
Garma Festival
Yothu Yindi Foundation Aboriginal Corporation 90,000
TOTAL NT 725,249
WA Yawaru Jarndu Aboriginal Corporation Women’s Program The Yawaru Jarndu Aboriginal Corporation 80,000
Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre Community Workshop Program
The Marinwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre 170,000
Geraldton Street Work Aboriginal Corporation Young Indigenous Women’s Program The Geraldton Street Work Aboriginal Corporation 95,000
Kiwirrkurra Council Aboriginal Corporation Living Skills Program The Kiwirrkurra Council Aboriginal Corporation 52,128
Paupiyala Tjautja Aboriginal Corporation Women’s Indigenous Women’s Program The Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation 100,000
Wyndham Early Learning Activity Centre incorporated ber Women’s Group The Wyndham Early Learning Activity Centre 100,000
Beananing Kwuurt Institute Women’s Business, Healing and Growing Program The Beananing Kwuurt Institute 34,100
Dumbartung Aboriginal corporation Kootamiara Quab Healing Program The Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation 38,100
Langford Aboriginal Association The Langford Aboriginal Association 32,800
TOTAL WA 702,128
SA Sistas Healing Together Pangula Mannamurna Incorporated 30,626
Anangu Women in Leadership Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide 80,000
Aboriginal Young Women’s Leadership Young Women’s Christian Association of Adelaide Incorporated 75,000
Supported Women to Support the Community Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council Incorporated 25,000
Scotdesco’s Women’s Leadership Scotdesco Incorporated 15,000
Indigenous Women’s Project Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation Incorporated 20,000
Yalata Women’s Group Yalata Community Incorporated 40,000
Nipapanha Yura Artu Women’s Ngutharpul Project Nipapanha Community Incorporated 16,640
TOTAL SA $302,266
GRAND TOTAL $3,006,423