The Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Programme (AACAP) began in 1997 and is an ongoing commitment that reinforces the strong association between Army and the Indigenous peoples of northern and central Australia. It is a joint initiative between the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Army.
19th Chief Engineer Works involvement in AACAP includes the design, planning, coordination and control of engineering works in selected communities. In the last decade, this involvement has extended to coordinating the health and veterinary training and support as well as the delivery of certified and non-certified employability skills programs.
In terms of infrastructure delivery, AACAP projects have delivered a mix of housing, road construction/upgrades, sewerage treatment plants, airfield construction or upgrades, health clinics, telecommunications infrastructure, school upgrades, potable water supply infrastructure, and housing sub divisions.
AACAP has improved health and living standards in Aboriginal communities as well as creating Indigenous employment opportunities during project operations and afterwards. Each project has three components: construction, health and training.