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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 3 June 2021) . . Page.. 1774 ..

(1) In relation to the Justice Housing Program, does the ACT Government partner with any community organisation to deliver the Yarrabi Bamirr program; if so, which one/s.

(2) Is the Yarrabi Bamirr program being funded this financial year; if so, how much funding will this program be receiving.

(3) Is there any funding for this program for the next three financial years.

(4) What changes will be made to the program following the Australian National University evaluation.

(5) If the Yarrabi Bamirr program is not being funded, why is this program not receiving any funding.

(6) Were the results of the trial not positive enough to keep on funding this program.

(7) Was there consultation with Winnunga, Tjillari Justice or Yeddung Mura ahead of the budget about this program; if so, what was the result of that consultation.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. Since the 2019-20 Yarrabi Bamirr grant round the Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS) partnered with three key local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations to deliver the Yarrabi Bamirr program to 20 families: Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services (Winnunga Nimmityjah) to provide the program to 14 families; Yeddung Mura to provide the program to 3 families; and Tjillari Justice to provide the program to 3 families.

2. Yes, $1.045 million is allocated for Yarrabi Bamirr for the 2020-21 financial year.

3. Current funding arrangements for Yarrabi Bamirr continues through to the end of the 2021-2022 financial year when further funding arrangements will be considered:







Amount (SOGC)






Amount (YB program)







4. The Directorate will seek to implement the key findings of the 2019 ANU evaluation of the Yarrabi Bamirr trial as part of future contract negotiations. The evaluation recommended that JACS provide extra funding for service delivery after-hours and on holidays. JACS recently funded services over the 2020-21 Christmas period as a trial of this recommendation to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people leaving the Alexander Maconochie Centre over that period.

5. Yarrabi Bamirr has funding allocated through to the end of the 2021-22 financial year.

6. The results of the Winnunga Nimmityjah Yarrabi Bamirr trial evaluation were very positive and provided the basis for the current funding and expansion of the program to 20 families.

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