The Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins MP, today joined Indigenous business leaders in Melbourne to discuss how to support and grow the Indigenous business sector.
Ms Collins told a meeting of the Indigenous Business Policy Advisory Group she hoped it became a platform for ideas to stimulate the growth of Indigenous business.
“Increasingly, Indigenous businesses are providing essential goods and services to other businesses, consumers and governments,” Ms Collins said.
“Indigenous business leaders such as those on the Advisory Group are showing their commitment to driving Indigenous economic development by making time to advise Government on Indigenous business policy.
“The Advisory Group is looking at new ideas such as international models for business incubation to help businesses start-up and the collection of data on the Indigenous business sector.
“I am looking forward to hearing the ideas and advice that come from this second meeting of the Advisory Group and from the continuing work of its members,” Ms Collins said.
The IBPAG was set up last year to provide a direct, independent voice to the Government on the provision of Indigenous business support.
The Australian Government directly supports Indigenous businesses start up or expand through the $650 million Indigenous Employment Program.
“Indigenous businesses build individual and community wealth and are strong employers of Indigenous Australians,” Ms Collins said.
“Supporting the Indigenous business sector is a positive way to contribute to halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” Ms Collins said.