The Australian and Queensland Governments have reached agreement to continue joint funding to the Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC) that addresses welfare dependence in Cape York and promotes the wellbeing of children and vulnerable community members.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said this agreement is a great outcome for the communities and the FRC Local Commissioners who have been asking both Governments to continue to back them.
“The Morrison Government is providing $4.5 million through to 30 June 2021 to empower communities to develop local solutions to bring about positive behavioural change,” Minister Wyatt said.
“I’m pleased we can continue the partnership between the Commonwealth, State Government of Queensland and the Cape York Institute that supports self-determination and puts control into community hands.”
“Elders and respected community members are given the authority to develop individual case plans that establish mutual obligations tied to income support to get people the help they need to overcome challenges in their lives.”
“Indigenous leaders are taking a strong stance against anti-social behaviour and are actively engaging their community to break the cycle of passive welfare.”
“This unique model means greater personal responsibility is taken and the community, rather than the state, determines what services are needed to improve lives.”
“The FRC has been in operation for 11 years and this assurance of funding to 30 June 2021, along with the recent appointment of the new Family Responsibilities Commissioner, Tammy Williams, will allow the Commission to further develop and adapt to the changing needs of the community.”
The FRC currently operates in Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale, Mossman Gorge with matched funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments, and in Doomadgee funded by the Queensland Government.