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New Business Directory to Boost Indigenous Employment

Joint Media Release with The Hon Martin Ferguson AM, MP, Minister for Resources and Energy; Minister for Tourism

A new business services directory will provide a boost for Indigenous owned and run businesses in the Northern Territory.

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, and the Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, Martin Ferguson, today welcomed the release of the Digedi Indigenous Business Services Directory at theSustainable Development Conference, SD08,in Darwin.

The directory lists a wide range of Northern Territory businesses that can provide goods and services to the resources and construction industries.

The Australian Government supported the development of the Digedi Indigenous Business Services Directory.

Mr O’Connor said mining and construction industries were often located in regional and remote areas and offered significant opportunities for Indigenous employment and business development.

"As well as supporting local economies in the NT, the directory will help in developing direct relationships between buyers and sellers at a local level and provide an easy way for major companies to buy local and support the communities in which they operate," Mr O’Connor said.

"The directory will help Indigenous owned or operated businesses to promote their services and establish an on-going relationship with industry leaders in their region."

Mr Ferguson said the directory will be a valuable resource for mine site managers, construction companies and government agencies to easily identify Indigenous owned or operated businesses to provide goods and services.

"This is a great opportunity for the mining and construction industries to make use of the existing Aboriginal enterprises in the Northern Territory and will provide an economic boost for many NT communities," Mr Ferguson said.

"The mining and energy sector in Australia has made great advances in Indigenous engagement but there is still a long way to go.

"Together, governments and industry need to focus on generating real job and business opportunities for Indigenous people to achieve economic and social advancement, and this directory is another step in the right direction."

The Government has committed to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous participation in economic growth and to improve Indigenous well-being and social inclusion.

Hard copies of the directory are available by emailing or can be viewed online at www.digedi.com.au