Indigenous Communities

constitutional_recognition.jpgThe Australian Government is committed to working with Indigenous people across Australia to build a stronger future.

The Federal Labor Government respects the rights of Indigenous Australians to live on their traditional lands and acknowledges the profound connection many Indigenous people have with their homelands.  The Commonwealth and state and territory governments are all working to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and to support increased economic development opportunities for all Indigenous Australians, including those living on homelands.

The Government has provided unprecedented investment in facilities and services for Indigenous Australians as part of its determination to close the gap.  We are determined to ensure that all Indigenous people have access to employment, services and economic opportunity, and that children attend school every day.

In the Northern Territory the Australian Government has committed $206 million to invest in basic essential and municipal services over ten years as part of its Stronger Futures package.  This investment will provide support to supply outstations and homelands with access to power, water and sewerage and road maintenance.  The funding will also support garbage collection, dog control programs and operational costs for organisations that provide municipal and essential services.

The Federal Labor Government is also committed to recognising Indigenous people in Australia’s constitution and wants meaningful reform that reflects the hopes and aspirations of Indigenous people and that unites the nation.

To continue to build momentum for constitutional change the Government has invested $10 million towards work being led by Reconciliation Australia to build public awareness and community support for change.

The Government encourages all Australians to learn more and get involved in building support for constitutional change.  Visit www.youmeunity.org.au for more information.

Further information on the Government’s Stronger Futures Package may also be found at:  http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/taxonomy/term/145