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First Nations Family Dispute Resolution
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The Australian Government is inviting applications via a restricted process to apply to deliver services under the Families and Communities Program – Families and Children Activity – Family Law Services Sub-Activity – for 1.5 years from 2022–23 to 2023-24.
Services delivered under this program must be child-focused and should have an emphasis on early intervention and prevention. Services must aim to provide alternatives to formal legal processes for families who are separated, separating or in dispute to improve their relationships and make arrangements that are in the best interest of their children.
The objectives are to:
- support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families in a culturally safe setting to negotiate outcomes in the best interest of children, resolve separation and divorce issues, and improve their post-separation relationships
- align with Priority Area 2 of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap by building formal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled sectors to deliver services to support Closing the Gap.
The intended outcomes are to:
- establish new culturally safe and appropriate family dispute resolution service models
- facilitate sustained capacity development and continue building on the strengths of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) through investment, workforce development and fostering partnerships between ACCOs, mainstream services and government.
To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:
- Corporate State or Territory Entity
- Indigenous Corporation
- Incorporated Association
- Local Government Entity
- Statutory Entity
These include entities incorporated under:
- State and Territory Legislation:
- relevant Association Incorporation Acts in states and territories, and
- relevant Co-operatives Acts in states and territories.
If you are applying as a Trustee on behalf of a Trust, the Trustee must have an eligible entity type as listed above.
Additional eligibility requirements:
To be eligible you must be an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation as defined in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisation delivers services, including land and resource management, which build the strength and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people and is:
- incorporated under relevant legislation and not-for-profit
- controlled and operated by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
- connected to the community, or communities, in which they deliver the services
- governed by a majority Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander governing body.
- Assessment of applications – Within 2 weeks from the closing date
- Approval of outcomes of selection process – Within 6 weeks from the closing date
- Notification to unsuccessful applicants – Within 8 weeks from the closing date
- Negotiations and award of grant agreements – Within 12 weeks from the closing date
- Earliest start date of grant activity – 1 January 2023
- End date of grant activity – 30 June 2024.
To apply, you must:
- complete the online application form, go to 'Submit Application'
- provide all the information requested
- address all eligibility criteria and assessment criteria
- include all necessary attachments
- submit your application to the Community Grants Hub by 9:00 pm AEST on 18 August 2022.