First Peoples enterprise development

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Indigenous enterprise development


Joining the real economy: a quantitative mapping of the economic potential of remote Indigenous communities

The disadvantage of remote Indigenous communities is well understood. However, governments are yet to develop an effective solution for resolving this situation. Utilising the latest ABS Census data and other key datasets, this paper quantitatively demonstrates that it is possible for remote communities to be...

Inquiry into community safety, support services and job opportunities in the Northern Territory

The Joint Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs has published this report on its inquiry into community safety, support services and job opportunities in the Northern Territory. The report makes several recommendations to the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments in the wake...

Supporting corporations beyond compliance: advancing ORIC’s governance approach

Indigenous organisations in Australia are regulated by state governments through well-understood and institutionally embedded mechanisms of corporate governance. This research aims to better understand the factors that contribute to Indigenous corporation success ‘beyond compliance’.

Solid lines: fostering First Nations access, participation, and representation in the design and commercial art industries in Australia

This report highlights current considerations in enabling First Nations creatives to engage with commercial art and design industries in culturally safe and supported ways. Its purpose is to explore potential pathways to improve the participation and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives within...
Policy report

No more business as usual: the need for participatory Indigenous development policy and skilled practice

This paper explores what is needed to enable First People to genuinely participate and make meaningful decisions about their own development, own the outcomes and take responsibilities with governments and others, where appropriate, for their implementation.

Doing business together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ inclusion in the Australian co-operative and mutual sector

Framing the challenge of inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities within the co-operative and mutual enterprises (CME) sector in Australia, this report concludes that the sector has a huge opportunity to engage in transmission of the CME business model for the social and...

National roadmap for Indigenous skills, jobs and wealth creation

This strategy document outlines a long-term commitment and organising framework to implement actions that will substantially lift economic outcomes for Indigenous Australians, and support their aspirations to thrive in the mainstream economy.

Māori economy emissions profile

This report shows how the Maori economy is overrepresented in the New Zealand emissions profile. It outlines the risks and opportunities that the Maori economy faces in the transition to a low emissions economy.

Report on Indigenous participation in employment and business

This report notes the great success of the Australian government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP), but suggests that improvements could still be made. These include performance measures that go beyond just the number and value of awarded contracts to include employment outcomes and skills transfers for...

Back to basics: a new model for business creation in remote Indigenous communities

This paper calls for an overhaul of the current approach to Indigenous economic participation through business creation. It outlines a practical model for remote Indigenous communities that harnesses the fundamental principle of supply and demand, and what the authors identify as the three foundations of...

Indigenous Business Australia’s business support and investment activities

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of Indigenous Business Australia’s (IBA's) management of its business support and investment activities.

He Manukura: insights from Māori frontier firms

This report explores the opportunities and challenges facing Māori businesses in relation to innovating, growing and lifting productivity. It summarises the findings of in-depth interviews with 17 experienced iwi and Māori business people.

South Australian government Aboriginal Affairs action plan 2021-22

This strategy document focuses on creating opportunities for Aboriginal employment, establishing more Aboriginal-owned and operated businesses and improving the quality and efficiency of service delivery to Aboriginal South Australians.

Backing black business: greater financial inclusion for Australia’s Indigenous business sector

This report outlines the factors that limit the ability of Indigenous businesses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs to access the financial products and services they need across the business lifecycle, with the objective of contributing to the ongoing discourse around supporting Indigenous businesses.
Draft report

Corporations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (CATSI) Act Review

This Corporations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (CATSI) Act Draft Review proposes changes to ensure the Act operates as a modern incorporation statute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations and their members.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander commercial fishing development policy

This revised policy aims to support economic development opportunities for Indigenous peoples and communities by providing pathways for Indigenous peoples and communities to enter or take part in fishing-related businesses.

It’s the economy, stupid: economic participation only way to Close the Gap

Indigenous policy needs to get back to these fundamentals, with a focus on school attendance, jobs and creating the environment for Indigenous business creation — especially in remote and regional Indigenous communities, argues Warren Mundine in this analysis report.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation targets in major procurements

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the administration of the mandatory minimum requirements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in major government procurements in achieving policy objectives.
Working paper

An overview of legal instruments and other measures to aid in the protection and valuation of Indigenous knowledge

This paper reviews the instruments and other measures relevant to supporting the protection of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in Australia, with the intention of identifying ways to estimate the market value attributable to IK.

Aboriginal Procurement Policy: first year performance report 1 July 2018- 30 June 2019

The Aboriginal Procurement Policy commenced on 1 July 2018 and mandates progressive targets for the award of contracts to Aboriginal businesses. The data contained within this report relates to contract award information extracted from Tenders WA (unless otherwise specified) for the period of 1 July...

Realising the potential of the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP)

This document outlines PwC's overview of the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP).

Indigenous Procurement Strategy 2019-20

The primary purpose of the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) is to stimulate Indigenous entrepreneurship and business development, providing Indigenous Australians with more opportunities to participate in the economy.

Icons at risk: climate change threatening Australian tourism

This report provides a summary of the value of the tourism industry to the Australian economy and to communities, and the risks posed to this asset by climate change. It also describe how the industry can play an important part in the vital transition to...

The Napil Rural Training Centre, Tanna Vanuatu: an evaluation report

Increasing the productivity of traditional farming systems in rural areas such Middle Bush on Tanna, Vanuatu will require concerted extension and training effort. The situation found at Middle Bush is seen as the ‘face of the future’ for much of rural Melanesia.