Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Building stronger communities in the Northern Territory

The Australian Government is providing 33 organisations in the Northern Territory with more than $10 million over three years to strengthen their governance and service delivery arrangements to ensure Aboriginal communities are getting the greatest benefit from local services.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin said the Stronger Futures Enhancing Communities funding will be used to help organisations develop business plans, upgrade IT systems, strengthen board and governance arrangements and improve their ability to work with governments and communities.

“The organisations that will receive the funding are already making an enormous difference to the lives of Aboriginal people by providing services such as health clinics, parenting classes and women’s shelters in Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory,” Ms Macklin said.

“They are also an important source for jobs and training opportunities for Aboriginal people.

“Funding under the package will also assist organisations to improve the skills of their employees in areas such as financial management, governance, IT and human resources.”

The initiative will not only provide valuable jobs but also ensure local people get the most out of local services, understand their rights and responsibilities and have their voices heard in the development of policies that affect their community.

“The Australian Government strongly believes that strengthening the governance and leadership skills of individuals and communities will lead to more sustainable and independent organisations, better employment outcomes and improved local services,” Ms Macklin said.

“The Government’s long term, $3.4 billion commitment under Stronger Futures will continue to make a big difference in Aboriginal communities over the next ten years.

“Our unprecedented investment to address unacceptable levels of disadvantage gives Aboriginal people an assurance that we are committed to building stronger communities together.”

Enhancing Communities funding:




Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APO NT) Centre for Aboriginal Governance and Management



Organisational Capacity Strengthening to support Stronger Communities for Children

Ninti One


Katherine Regional Aboriginal and Health Related Services (KRAHRS)


Lutheran Church of Australia – Finke River Mission Store (FRMS)


Palngun Wurnangat Association Inc (PWA)


Children’s Services Support Unit WA Inc (CSSU)


Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA)


Tangentyere Council Incorporated – Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS)


Tjuwanpa Outstation Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation


Western Aranda Health Aboriginal Corporation (WAHAC)


Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Inc. (ARDS)


APO NT Organisational and Policy Support



Mentors Group/Expert Advice for Lajamanu Governance Project

Central Land Council


Aboriginal Organisational Capacity Building for Business, Workforce and Succession Planning

Tiwi Resources/Tiwi Land Council


Organisational Development and Capacity Building

Thamarrurr Regional Authority Aboriginal Corporation (TRAAC)


Strong Men-Strong Communities Men’s Leadership project

Darwin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Shelter (DAIWS)


Asset Management

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation


Learning on Country, Aboriginal Rangers Working with Schools

Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation


Working Together, Walking Together, Organisational Support for Aboriginal Corporation in Ramingining

Charles Darwin University


Organisational Development and Capacity Building

Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation


Organisational Development and Capacity Building

Binjari Community Aboriginal Corporation


Healing Pathways, Building Capacity to Tackle Substance Misuse

Katherine Region Allied Health and Related Services (KRAHRS)


Organisational Development and Capacity Building

Atyhenge Atherre Aboriginal Corporation (AAAC)


Organisational Development and Capacity Building

Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation


Organisational Development and Capacity Building

Institute of Aboriginal Development (IAD)


Arrernte Elders Leadership and Engagement Support

Institute of Aboriginal Development (IAD)


ORIC Corporation Training –

(12 sites covered by funding amount of $139,000.00)

Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation


Adjumarllarl Aboriginal Corporation

Malabam Health Board Aboriginal Corporation

Thamarrurr Regional Authority Aboriginal Corporation (TRAAC)

Lajamanu Progress Aboriginal Corporation

Ngukkur Arts Aboriginal Corporation

Yalu Marnggithinyaraw Indigenous Corporation

Keringke Arts Aboriginal Corporation

Western Aranda Health Aboriginal Corporation

Ntjaminya General Store Aboriginal Corporation

Urapuntja Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

Red Centre Aboriginal Corporation