Indigenous Economic Development Agenda




Policy and Planning to Drive Indigenous Economic Development


  • Leading the NSW Government’s contribution to the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

Cultural and Community Benefits of Growing Indigenous Business


  • What are the main digital literacy gaps that require addressing in Indigenous communities?  
  • Why are advanced digital capabilities important for the future of Indigenous business? 
  • How do we build digital capabilities in a way that boosts Indigenous economic development?


  • Treating entrepreneurship as a way of looking after country
  • Working in partnership with Indigenous organisations to extend the economic benefits


  • Maintaining your business during times of economic hardship
  • Attracting a client base that’s closer to home to achieve short and long-term business benefits
  • Sharing culture to foster understanding and respect for land and tradition
  • Developing the tour from idea to sustainable business


  • Harnessing online advertising to sell art and spread culture during periods of lockdown and social distancing  
  • Discovering the benefits of smart social media usage to promote your Indigenous business 


  • Developing a marketing campaign for the virtual world 
  • Identifying your audience to tailor your marketing 
  • Knowing your story to establish a strong Indigenous brand 
  • What are the dos and don'ts of business marketing 



  • Sharing stories to overcome the challenges COVID-19 presents to Indigenous businesses 
  • Devising a media strategy across various platforms 
  • Keeping your brand consistent and in-line with your cultural values 
  • Promoting Indigenous initiatives to empower, engage, and inspire  

Getting Your Indigenous Enterprise Off the Ground


  • Embracing social justice movements that you believe in as part of your business strategy 
  • What is black cladding and how to avoid it?
  • Making sure your Indigenous business has a positive impact on community


  • Protecting intellectual property and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property
  • Managing from the front – using IP laws, protocols and contracts to create a wholistic plan





  • Prioritising personal skills over technical skills
  • Sustaining cash flow for economic security
  • Becoming media literate and strategically minded



  • Understanding new technologies that have become applicable to business as a result of COVID-19 
  • Expanding the definition of what an Indigenous business should look like to maximise economic development
  • Discovering new ways to share Indigenous culture and stories


  • Creating long term opportunities for Indigenous people and our communities   
  • Providing opportunities and a ‘second chance’ to people that many others would not   
  • Focus on upskilling and training for increased pay or increasing employment outcomes
  • Guiding and mentoring young Indigenous candidates into successful careers and employment environments 





Ensuring Indigenous Business Remains Sustainable


  • How will the recent national agreement on Closing the Gap improve land and sea rights for Indigenous people 
  • The potential of our future
  • Leveraging scale and addressing Social imperatives
  • Protect and conserve the Indigenous Estate


  • Visualising your end goal and working incrementally towards it
  • Using the ancient values and knowledge that nurtured our old people 
  • Adopting a model of wealth creation that benefits your whanau, hapu, iwi and larger community


  • Future-proofing your business to withstand unpredictable and large-scale change
  • Taking the next step and growing your Indigenous business
  • How can you independently build the scale of your business?
  • What supports can you access to build the scale of your business?


  • Assisting the approx. 58% of Indigenous businesses who have closed due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 
  • Exploring B2B options that strengthen the Indigenous economy
  • Realising the benefits of trading between Indigenous organisations



  • Overcoming economic hurdles on your path to creating a sustainable business
  • Challenging social bias to succeed as an Indigenous woman in tech



  • What are the barriers to entry that Indigenous women confront when trying to start a business? 
  • How can budding female Indigenous entrepreneurs set themselves up for success? 
  • Utilising support networks and resources to help you achieve your business dream 



  • What is the future of Indigenous tourism over the next few years?
  • Diversifying your product to ensure you remain sustainable during the period of economic hardship
  • Reclaiming ownership of country through sharing cultural knowledge
  • Learning how to operate an Indigenous tourism business that is culturally safe and enriching
  • Assessing the societal benefits of indigenous tourism


  • Establishing the importance of provenance in the native food economy
  • What needs to happen to build the native food economy?
  • Finding ways to ensure the economic benefits of native food-based products are returned to Indigenous communities

Maximising Procurement Opportunities


  • Working towards more sizeable Indigenous procurement contracts with big businesss


  • Winning contracts with the big end of town as an Indigenous supplier
  • Continuing to grow and develop after you achieve success



  • Building Indigenous economic independence through employment and commercial collaboration
  • Shifting your business outlook to realise the significant economic potential in partnering with Indigenous organisations

Economic Development and Support Networks


  • Launching the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
  • Providing representation to Aboriginal businesses across the Country’s states and territories  
  • Accessing diverse benefits to support the aspirations of any Aboriginal Entrepreneur, Business Owner or enterprising Community to establish and operate a business or enterprise.