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These recurrent grants are provided as a financial contribution (in lieu of rates) to meet the costs incurred by Indigenous councils in the provision of local government services including:

  • General public services
    e.g. council office, transactions, governance, leadership, advocacy, information, public halls, showgrounds, community engagement
  • Public order and safety
    e.g. night patrols, public nuisance, street lighting, public space control, litter, natural disaster relief and mitigation, lifeguards, control of declared pests/plants, fire services, animal control
  • Health
    e.g. inspection/licensing of food, vermin and vector control, refuse services, waste management, community health, immunisation, hospitals
  • Recreation and culture
    e.g. parks, playgrounds, sports fields and venues, swimming pools, libraries, public internet, galleries, museums, heritage, festivals
  • Transport and communication
    e.g. roads, footpaths, traffic control, parking, public transport, ferries, barge landings, jetties, airports, television services, internet services
  • Other economic affairs
    e.g. economic development, tourism promotion, industrial estates, residential land, tourist facilities/venues, caravan parks, camping areas, other business activities, sale yards, quarries
  • Education
    e.g. public awareness campaigns, community education
  • Essential services
    e.g. water supplies, waste water systems, gas, drainage, flood mitigation
  • Community amenities
    land development, town planning, building control/certification, public conveniences, picnic areas, environmental protection, natural resource management, environmental acquisitions, beach control, environmental licensing, recycling, erosion control, cemeteries.

The funding does not cover costs that are not directly associated with the program, for example services or support provided by other funding bodies.

Funding provided to local governments by the department is a 'taxable supply' of services within the meaning of the GST Act. As a result, recipients must issue a valid tax invoice for the supply of the service. The 'service' is the delivery of the approved project(s).

Funding schedule

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Council 2014-15
Aurukun Shire Council $1,082,092
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council $1,451,271
Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council $1,616,599
Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council $1,461,397
Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council $1,526,628
Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council $1,140,872
Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council $469,461
Mornington Shire Council $1,082,093
Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council $1,043,030
Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council $3,751,763
Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council $2,561,303
Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council $1,211,727
Torres Strait Island Regional Council $5,698,725
Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council $1,503,009
Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council $1,000,297
Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council $2,157,555
TOTAL $28,757,822

Payment and reporting

Further information

For more information about the SGFA contact the department.

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