FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

NTAIC was created in November 2022 as an Aboriginal-controlled entity through the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. 

Prior to NTAIC’s establishment, the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), an Australian Government agency, administered funds from the ABA.

The ABA stands for the Aboriginal Benefits Account. It is a Special Account established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. 

The ABA receives funds from the Australian government based on the value of mining royalties on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.

The government-managed ABA grants process closed in October 2022, and NTAIC’s grants process started in November 2022.

Yes. Within 21 calendar days of grant agreement taking effect, NTAIC will publish approved grants to its website. You can see which grants have been executed through following the Grants Executed link on this page.

NTAIC’s head office is at 60 Smith St, Darwin. This is where its grants team is based. We also have engagement staff in Alice Springs and Katherine.

Applications under the 2022 NTAIC Grant Program Guidelines closed on 1 Feb 2024.

After conversations with Aboriginal communities, businesses and organisations, NTAIC is preparing new guidelines, scheduled for launch in July 2024.

The new guidelines will be a simpler application process, incorporates feedback from Aboriginal Territorians and aims to set a national standard in Aboriginal-led grants and investments.

The new guidelines will be separate and different to the 2022 Guidelines.

NTAIC is not accepting grant applications until the launch of its new guidelines, scheduled for July to August 2024.

Further details on the new program and guidelines will be available soon.

The new guidelines will have clearer guidance on the application and assessment process with separate streams for Aboriginal community organisations and Aboriginal businesses.

That’s all we are able to tell you at this point, as the guidelines are subject to NTAIC Board approval in April.  Further information, like what can and can’t be applied for, will be available on www.ntaic.org.au in due course.

  1. If your application was lodged before 31 December 2023 and was for less than $250,000 we are trying to notify you of the outcome by mid-April 2024.
  1. If your application was lodged after 31 December 2023 and was for less than $250,000, we are processing applications in order of submission, and hope to notify you of the outcome by mid-May 2024.
  1. If your application sought between $250,000 and $1 million, your application will go to NTAIC’s Grants Committee at the end of May 2024 for their decision, and we hope to notify you of the outcome by mid-June.
  1. If your application was for more than $1 million, your application will go to NTAIC’s Board in early April for their decision, and we are trying to notify you of the outcome by the end of April.

Please see above question to check when your application will be processed.

When you lodged your application, you would have received an electronic Submission Reference Number (SRN).

You should keep a copy of your application, application SRN and any supporting documents.

If you would like to check any further details about your application, please email us at grants@ntaic.org.au and cite your SRN. You may also call our Darwin office on 1800 943 039.

  1. Once we receive your application, NTAIC’s grants assessors will assess your application for eligibility, based on sections 4 and 5 of the 2022 Grants Guidelines.
    1. If you are deemed ineligible, you will receive an outcome letter informing you of this. If you are deemed ineligible, we invite you to re-apply for our new program.
    2. If you are deemed eligible, NTAIC’s grants assessors will do a full assessment against the criteria laid out in section 6 (General) and section 7 (Innovation) of the 2022 Grant Guidelines. Based on how your application has met the criteria, NTAIC’s grants assessors make a recommendation to the relevant delegate: either NTAIC’s CEO, Grants Committee or Board.
  2. We then wait until the relevant delegate meets so that they can assess the application independently, with our recommendation to guide.
    1. Once the delegate has made a decision at their meeting, NTAIC’s grants team will strive to inform each applicant of the decision as soon as practicable.
    2. NTAIC’s CEO will assess grants outside of these meetings.

NTAIC’s Board is next meeting at the start of April 2024, and NTAIC’s Grants Committee is meeting at the end of May.

Applications submitted before 1 Feb 2024 are assessed against the 2022 NTAIC Grant Program Guidelines.

If your application has been deemed ineligible, it is because your application was lacking some of the information outlined in sections 4 and 5 of the 2022 Guidelines.

Eligible applications have fully met the eligibility criteria outlined in sections 4 and 5 of the 2022 Guidelines.

All applications from NTAIC’s Legacy program will be assessed according to the assessment process undertaken by the NTAIC as outlined in these guidelines. The final decision on funding is made by the NTAIC delegate.

The delegate’s decision is final in all matters, including the:

  • approval to negotiate grant conditions, and
  • grant funding amount to be awarded.

If you would like to make a complaint about a grant process please email complaints@ntaic.org.au

Please note that NTAIC is transitioning to a new grants program, scheduled to launch in May to June 2024.

If your ABA grant was approved by the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), they will continue to manage it until it expires. NIAA managed ABA funds until October 2022.

Please contact the NIAA ABA team on 1800 354 612 or aba@official.niaa.gov.au if your application was approved by them. The NIAA will also continue to manage the ABA Homelands Project.

NTAIC legally commenced in November 2022, so NTAIC only manages grants from that time.

If you would like to make a complaint, please email complaints@ntaic.org.au and our Complaints Manager will contact you.

Then, if you do not agree with the way the NTAIC has handled your complaint, you may wish to contact the Commonwealth Ombudsman. The Ombudsman will not usually investigate a complaint unless the matter has first been raised directly with the NTAIC.

The Commonwealth Ombudsman can be contacted on:

Phone (Toll free): 1300 362 072

Email: ombudsman@ombudsman.gov.au

Website: ombudsman.gov.au  

Please phone us on 1800 943 039 or email us at grants@ntaic.org.au and reference your application ID. We look forward to hearing from you.

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For more information, please contact us through grants@ntaic.org.au.