This was originally published in LBF News in September 2011.
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib today joined Indigenous business leaders in Sydney to discuss how to support and grow the Indigenous business sector.
The newly formed Indigenous Business Advisory Policy Group will provide a direct, independent voice to Government on the provision of Indigenous business support and the policies needed to support growth in the sector.
Senator Arbib said the Indigenous businesses were a fast-developing and important sector of the Australian economy.
“Indigenous businesses are vital to driving Indigenous economic development. Not only do they help to build individual and community wealth, but they are strong employers of Indigenous Australians as well,” Senator Arbib said.
“Successful Indigenous businesses also provide role models and leadership to aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs.
“The job of this group will be to look at ways to drive their success including dealing with government and private sector, provide information to the Indigenous sector and maximise the benefits of recent changes to the government procurement process.”
The Advisory Group includes experts from Indigenous business and research. Its members are:
- Parry Agius, Chairperson, Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Exploration and Energy Ltd
- Leah Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer of Reconciliation Australia
- Lani Blanco-Francis, Chief Executive Officer of LBF Consulting Pty Ltd
- Jan Ferguson, Managing Director of Ninti One Ltd
- Professor Dennis Foley, Fulbright Scholar and double Endeavour Fellow, Professor of Indigenous Research, University of Newcastle
- Peter Harm, Executive Manager, Indigenous Business Team, Commonwealth Bank
- Leanne Miller, Executive Director, Koorie Women Mean Business
- Warren Mundine, Chief Executive Officer of NTSCORP Ltd, Chair of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce
- Val Price-Beck, Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Business Council of Australia
- Dugald Russell, Director Message Stick Communications
- Ian Trust, Executive Chairperson of Wunan Foundation
- Natalie Walker, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council.