24 June 2022
The NSW Government has handed down its 2022-2023 budget. Importantly this budget included funding for Closing the Gap initiatives.
A total of $716 million has been committed over four years for programs, policies and initiatives for Aboriginal people in NSW.
Key areas include housing, Land Rights and community infrastructure improvements, programs for young Aboriginal people, health and wellbeing outcomes, Aboriginal languages and strengthening Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) Chairperson Danny Chapman says he looks forward to productive partnerships and respectful relationships, to ensure tangible, practical outcomes are designed and delivered with the funding committed.
“We welcome the Government’s commitment to First Nations people in this funding announcement. Genuine partnerships and shared decision-making in line with Closing the Gap commitments are vital to this funding, and any future funding making a difference in community.”
“NSWALC will continue to work closely with the Land Rights Network and the NSW Government to build the Aboriginal community-controlled sector, share data, secure and activate our land across the regions for housing and employment, and protect our Culture and Heritage and rights to Country,” he said.
The NSW Government’s Media Releases with a breakdowns is available here.
The 2022-23 Budget Papers are available here.