One week to go…

The Government is supporting celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Mabo High Court decision with $2.5 million in grants for local councils.

Every local council is eligible for a one-off $5,000 grant to partner with a local Indigenous organisation for celebrations marking these anniversaries during National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June 2017).  


Applications for this funding must be submitted on the Department’s website before the closing date of Friday 21 April 2017, which is next week.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that the funding is an opportunity for local councils to work in partnership with a local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisation.

“These events form part of the national story of our country’s amazing cultural, social and economic progress,” he said.

“I want all Australians to mark the significance of these two occasions in a manner befitting their importance to the nation and to support these events we are providing $5,000 grants to local councils.” 

Councils are also encouraged to list their events on the NRW website and to send images and information on events to for further promotion on social media.

Enquiries about applications for NRW grant funding should be directed by email to or by phone to the PM&C Regional Network on 1800 079 098.