Changes to Community Benefit Scheme - NSWALC Funeral Fund
The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) has made changes to its Funeral Fund to assist Aboriginal families suffering bereavement.
NSWALC has been providing funeral assistance grants to support thousands of bereaved Aboriginal families for over a decade. The Council acknowledges the difficulties faced by families during this sad time and we remain committed to providing assistance to members of Local Aboriginal Land Councils and the Aboriginal community.
The Council has a responsibility to ensure that the NSWALC Account is appropriately managed for the benefit of future generations and to ensure that the obligations of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 are met. These obligations include the need to ensure all community benefit schemes are fair and equitable and administered in an open and transparent way.
Consistent with these principles, Council has decided to allow members of the former Funeral Insurance Fund who were financial members at the time it closed in 1994 to transfer their membership benefits to another deceased Aboriginal person, subject to the waiver of any future claims on that Fund. This change applies to funerals occurring from 12 January 2016, and is not applicable on a retrospective basis.
Further to this change, there are now two types of grants available from the Fund and the following eligibility now applies:
To ensure the fairness of the scheme, the following criteria will also apply:
Updated terms and conditions outline the documentation that NSWALC will require in order to process valid claims. Please note that NSWALC will only accept the following documents as confirmation of Aboriginality:
The new Funeral Fund Claim Form and new Terms & Conditions are available on our website: www.alc.org.au/nswalc-in-the-community/funeral-fund.aspx
Councillor Roy Ah-See
Chairperson, NSW Aboriginal Land Council