The Federal Government has committed $3 million to help reduce Aboriginal welfare dependency in far north Queensland.

Half-a-million dollars will be given to the Noel Pearson-led Cape York Institute to develop initiatives over the next six months.

The remaining money will be used to introduce programs in Aurukun, Hopevale, Coen and Mossman Gorge.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough says the communities will have a say in what is developed.

“There’ll be, most importantly, coaches and mentors and people on the ground in these communities so that ideas are put forward, they are discussed with the community leaders,” he said.

“The people who it will affect on the ground to ensure that what is ultimately proposed back to Government is in fact something that has the support of these communities.”