The Morrison Government is investing $393,461 to extend support for Indigenous programs in Toowoomba Region as part of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said the funding will help organisations deliver successful early childhood, schooling, vocational education and training, and safety and wellbeing services for Indigenous Australians across the country.
“Our commitment to initiatives that help realise better outcomes for Indigenous Australians is unwavering – this funding will help deliver a raft of critical services, particularly to improve early life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.”
“These projects will be predominantly delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 70% of funded organisations are Indigenous-owned, supporting the growth of sustainable Indigenous enterprise.”
In the Toowoomba Region, the following organisations will be delivering key projects:
- Puuya Foundation, Family Support Services and Integrated Early Learning and Parenting Services – $286,600
- University of Southern Queensland, Away from Base – $106,861
Member for Groom, Garth Hamilton, said the funding will focus on supporting the education and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
“These programs continue to yield positive results and I’m proud the Morrison Government has committed to their further investment.
“For the Toowoomba Region community, it also means ongoing support for local jobs and local Indigenous businesses.”
Nationwide, key investments include:
- $18.3 million for ‘away from base’ projects, providing access to quality education for remote students.
- $19.5 million for early childhood initiatives, including pathways to pre-school and facilitated playgroups, so that Indigenous children are prepared and ready to start school.
- $25 million to improve school attendance and provide youth engagement programs.
- $22.1 million for wellbeing, mentoring and alcohol and other drug rehabilitation services to provide happier and healthier environments for families.
- $5.8 million for crime prevention, violence reduction and support for victims.