The 2009 amendments to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 introduced the Community Development Levy to "evenly spread the wealth from land councils with more valuable land holdings to those councils with less valuable land and development opportunities".

This mechanism levies certain LALC land dealings and, with matching contributions from NSWALC, generates funds in the NSWALC Community Fund. Monies from the NSWALC Community Fund are to be made available "on the basis of need so as to increase resources and assets available for less advantaged Local Aboriginal Land Councils".

The Council of NSWALC has developed the NSWALC Community Fund Policy, which sets out what grants from the NSWALC Community Fund can be used for, how LALC eligibility is determined, and on what basis grant applications will be assessed.

Eligible LALCs can apply for grants of up to $50,000 (ex GST) for the following purposes:

  • Land acquisition, where all other avenues for funding have been exhausted; and
  • Land management, in relation to land in which the LALC has a legal interest.

Only less advantaged LALCs are eligible for grants, with 'less advantaged' defined as having net land assets (not including jointly managed National Parks or former missions and reserves) worth less than the Local Aboriginal Land Council network average.


2018 Funding Round

NSWALC is pleased to announce that applications from eligible LALCs are now being sought for the 2018 round of NSWALC Community Fund Grants.

The application period will be open from Monday 2 April 2018 until 5pm on Friday, 25 May 2018

The total amount available to distribute in the 2018 round is $778,000 (ex GST).


How to apply

Download and carefully read the following documents:


Submit your completed application form and attachments via e-mail to grants@alc.org.au no later than 5pm on Friday 25 May 2018.


Past Funding Rounds

Funded grants in 2017

  • Weilmoringle: Renovations to Weilmoringle LALC Office
  • Murrawarri: Native Bushfood Production Project
  • West Wyalong: Bunbinya Balugirbang (Rest Ancestors)
  • Mutawintji: Place basic infrastructure on land in preparation for future development plans
  • Brewarrina: Old Brewarrina Mission Restoration Project
  • Cummeragunja:  Cummeragunja Community Hall: Stage 2
  • Young: Male & Female Toilets and Office Facelift
  • Moombahlene:  Gunimaa Bush Tucker Nursery
  • Nungaroo:        New Office Works and Meeting Place for Elders
  • Anaiwan:          Tingha Town Hall Refurbishment
  • Balranald:        Extension and restoration of the historic Balranald Aboriginal Cemetery
  • Broken Hill: Broken Hill LALC Office Infrastructure Upgrade
  • Goodooga: Erect Safety Fencing and demolish three LALC-owned buildings under Brewarrina Shire Council orders
  • Ashford: The Ashford Global Cottage
  • Birpai: Christmas Bells Plains: Clean-up and Weed Eradication
  • Bunyah Bunyah: LALC Camden Haven Land Management Hub Development
  • Narrandera: Children's Access Centre
  • Glen Innes: Upgrade Culture Camp Accommodation and Amenities


The 21 projects awarded funding in the 2016 grant round were:

  • Armidale LALC: Ancillary work for the Mt Yarrowyck Nature Reserve Schedule 14 negotiations
  • Bathurst LALC: Bathurst LALC office infrastructure upgrade
  • Birrigan Gargle LALC: Beautification and restoration of Pippi Beach community
  • Brungle Tumut LALC: Purchase equipment for land management
  • Collarenebri LALC: Construction of a toilet facility at the Collarenebri Aboriginal Burial Ground for local families and visitors
  • Coonabarabran LALC: Boundary fencing at Burra Bee Dee Mission and Happy Valley Fringe Camp
  • Cummeragunja LALC: Cummeragunja Community Hall
  • Dorrigo LALC: Restoration of North Dorrigo Hall and land maintenance
  • Griffith LALC: Old Griffith Police Station upgrade project
  • Hay LALC: Hay LALC community space upgrade
  • Menindee LALC: Menindee LALC office infrastructure upgrade
  • Moree LALC: Preserving Aboriginal cultural heritage and environmental values through land management
  • Murrin Bridge LALC: Barooga Karrai kickstart
  • Ngulingah LALC: Cubbawee infrastructure project
  • Tibooburra LALC: Tibooburra LALC Museum and Keeping Place expansion
  • Trangie LALC: Trangie LALC vacant land management project
  • Warren Macquarie LALC: Linking the Beemunnel Aboriginal Reserve, Tiger Bay Wetlands and the Window on the Wetlands Centre
  • West Wyalong LALC: Aboriginal Artefacts Museum
  • Wilcannia LALC: Wilcannia LALC Community Centre
  • Yaegl LALC: Ulugundahi Island restoration project
  • Young LALC: Young LALC refurbishment and renovations

The 13 projects awarded funding in the 2015 grant round were:

  • Amaroo LALC: Land management at Summervale Reserve
  • Anaiwan LALC: Reconnect to country: Old Bottom
  • Baradine LALC: Calooma Station Restoration Project
  • Bega LALC: Managing our lands: Access control
  • Biraban LALC: Biraban Aboriginal-owned lands access diversion project
  • Broken Hill LALC: BHLALC office infrastructure upgrade
  • Dareton LALC: Namatjira Reserve land management program
  • Jubullum LALC: Jubullum Village roads project
  • Orange LALC: Balandha - Shadforth community access project
  • Trangie LALC: Trangie cultural centre for education, history and heritage
  • Wagonga LALC: Paradise Point: Sharing our culture and heritage, Stage 2
  • Weilwan LALC: Cultural gathering space and Gulargambone Old Reserve land management
  • Wellington LALC:  Purchase of Nanima Primary School to establish 'Nanima Education and Wellbeing Centre' and remove asbestos


More information

If you have any questions,  please contact the NSWALC Policy and Programs Unit on (02) 9689 4444 or email  policy@alc.org.au .