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New Adelaide business hub to boost Indigenous businesses

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, today announced Australian Government support for a new business hub in Adelaide to help Indigenous people set up and operate businesses.

Mr O’Connor said the Australian Government would provide $396 000 to UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide over the next two years to establish a business hub called the Adelaide Indigenous Business Centre.

The Australian Government funding is being provided under the Emerging Indigenous Entrepreneurs Initiative, which aims to support Indigenous people in turning their business ideas into business ventures.

Mr O’Connor said the hub will help Indigenous entrepreneurs in the critical early stages of developing their business.

“The hub will include mentoring, business skills development, formal and informal business assistance and advice, and networking opportunities with other businesses in the region,” Mr O’Connor said.

“It will also provide a wide range of support and referral services and will play a key role in the development of viable Indigenous-owned and operated businesses.”

Mr O’Connor said the Australian Government was committed to halving the employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade by providing Indigenous people with the skills and training they need to get and keep a job or run a business.

“The development of business skills is an important part of creating economic opportunities for Indigenous Australians,” he said.