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Grants

We make payments of grants to state and territory governments, local councils and community organisations to support government priorities across a range of law and justice initiatives.

We manage our grants program in accordance with the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines and our grants management guidelines.

As a result of a machinery of government change on 20 December 2017, grants relating to some functions (eg emergency management, national security and data retention) transferred from the Attorney-General's Department to the Department of Home Affairs. Queries in relation to those grant programs should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.

GrantConnect

GrantConnect is the Australian Government's grant information system.

It provides centralised publication of government forecast opportunities (upcoming grants), grant opportunities (current grants, open for application) and details of grants awarded since 31 December 2017. GrantConnect provides a free, simple and effective service for all potential grant applicants to find and access grant opportunities and related documentation.

GrantConnect is the authoritative source of information in relation to all grant opportunities and grant opportunity guidelines.

Anyone can sign up to receive notifications of all new Australian Government grant opportunities, relevant to their interests.

For more information, visit the Department of Finance website.

Summary of active grant programs

  • Commonwealth legal financial assistance—funding covers a range of schemes that help people to meet legal representation and disbursements costs in proceedings involving Commonwealth law, or in circumstances that give rise to a special Commonwealth public interest, and where legal aid is not available. This includes schemes that cover Royal Commissions, Native Title Respondent funding, overseas child abduction and serious overseas criminal matters.
  • Community Legal Services Program—funds community legal centres to provide legal and related assistance to people on low incomes and those with special needs.
  • Grants to Australian Organisations Program—Civil Justice—provides the Australian Government's contribution to the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council, with remaining funds to organisations for other projects relating to the pursuit of an equitable and accessible system of federal justice, as outlined in the Program Guidelines.
  • Indigenous Legal Assistance Programme—funds high-quality, culturally sensitive and accessible legal assistance services for Indigenous Australians.
  • Native Title Anthropologist Grants Program—seeks to attract a new generation of junior anthropologists to native title work and encourage senior anthropologists to remain within the system.
  • Family Relationships Services Programme—aims to improve the wellbeing of Australian families, particularly families with children, who are at risk of separating, or who have separated.

Grants Register

Under Commonwealth grants legislation, the department must publish information about the individual grants the department has approved. From 31 December 2017 the department must report individual grant information on the whole of government GrantConnect website. Records prior to that date are detailed on the department's annual grants registers, grouped by program below: