Budget 2018: The Indigenous Advancement Scheme was supposed to be a reset for Commonwealth funding to the Indigenous sector, but the problems are piling up.
It’s been four years since the government introduced one of the biggest shake-ups to Indigenous spending in recent times.
The Indigenous Advancement Strategy promised to improve outcomes for First Australians through a new competitive grants funding process.
But the controversial scheme has continued to come under fire over a lack of transparency and how much funding is going into Indigenous hands.
A scathing senate review found disadvantage toward Indigenous organisations, while several major reports criticised its design and implementation.
Ongoing community backlash has revealed the frustration within First Nations communities and concerns that the system is still failing them, but the government insists it is working.
As the IAS approaches its fifth budget, has anything improved?