INDIGENOUS BUSINESSES DEVELOPMENT - MORE THAN JUST A GOOD IDEA

The release of Getting It Right – Indigenous Success in The Resource Sector demonstrates to all Australians that building successful and sustainable Indigenous business is not just a good idea or an aspiration, it’s happening today.

Published jointly by the Australian Government and the Minerals Council of Australia, this book showcases Indigenous businesses in mining regions and the company partnerships behind them.

60 per cent of Australia’s mining operations neighbour Indigenous communities. Over the past decade, there has been a real and genuine effort by the minerals industry to support Indigenous businesses in the procurement supply chain.

While Indigenous employees make up approximately 6 per cent of mining’s national workforce (up to 30 per cent at some operations), not all Indigenous Australians want to work in the mines. Indigenous businesses provide additional opportunities and jobs that will last after mines close.

The past decade has been one of positive transformation for minerals companies and Indigenous communities. The case studies in this book demonstrate that partnerships founded in respect, collaboration, and a clear understanding of the common ground deliver mutually beneficial results.

The MCA and its member companies strongly support the ambitions of this publication: to inspire Indigenous business; to encourage more resource companies to do business with Indigenous enterprises; and to demonstrate what it takes for such partnerships to succeed in the hope that other sectors will follow suit.

As the MCA states in its response to the Forrest Review, the minerals industry has developed a body of expertise in Indigenous enterprise procurement policies and practices has an ongoing commitment in this regard. Further, the industry would be very happy to share its understandings of ‘what has worked’ with other sectors.

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