Contacts and resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses

A wide range of organisations, including all levels of government, provide resources to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to start, run and grow their businesses. The following contacts, events, programs and resources can assist your small- to medium-sized business to improve business efficiency, skills and knowledge.

Queensland Government business support

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business support – the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) links business to support programs and services, provides workshops, increases awareness of Queensland Government procurement opportunities, promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to government agencies and private buyers, and helps government agencies and non-Indigenous businesses understand cultural protocols. Email enterprise@datsip.qld.gov.au for assistance.
  • Black Business Finder (BBF) – a free online database for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to access major projects in Queensland. The BBF (run by the Industry Capability Network (ICN)) provides a search and match service for project managers. Find out if you can register your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander business on the BBF.
  • Deadly stories – celebrate the achievements and successes of Indigenous peoples and their communities, and learn about community events and opportunities.
  • Agriculture, livestock, fishing and forestry – the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) provides an extensive range of information on improving business awareness, biosecurity compliance and regulatory requirements for farmers, fishers and food producers.
  • Innovation – learn about developing innovation, planning, funding and design:
    • Advance Queensland - read about innovation for small business, entrepreneurs and start-ups; and find out about events and grants
    • take our Innovation readiness quiz, learn how innovation can benefit your business, read about mentoring for innovation; and find innovation grants, support and funding.
  • Licensing, registrations and legal obligations – learn about your business’s obligations including:
  • Regional advice and assistance – the Department of State Development (DSD) provides:
  • Small Business Solutions – provides practical business advice for Queensland businesses, including workshops, mentoring and a Business health check .
  • State Library of Queensland – provides a range of resources including:
    • Business Studio which supports entrepreneurs and start-up businesses
    • books, reference works, newspapers, journals, CDs, DVDs, eBooks, databases, and borrowing via the inter-library loan service.
  • Trade and investment – Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) helps exporters break into emerging and established markets. TIQ works with you to develop required skills, provides you with market intelligence and business connections and offers in-market introductions through targeted trade missions.
  • Work, health and safety – learn about your work, health and safety obligations by searching the following:
    • WorkCover – read about workplace injury insurance for your workers
    • Worksafe – work, health and safety licensing; registration and compliance; self-assessment tools, checklists, guides, webinars, and more.
  • Australian Government resources

    • AusIndustry – provides advice, support and funding programs including the Entrepreneurs’ program, Accelerating Commercialisation and Incubator Support.
    • Austrade (Australian Trade and Investment Commission) – assists businesses to grow their business in international markets. Find out about export markets, grants and assistance, and expanding your business outside Australia.
    • Australian Taxation Office – learn about support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including information about business structures, common taxes and how to register for them, as well as how to get help.
    • Business.gov.au – a whole-of-government service providing independent business advice and help with support and training.
    • Business Toolkit for Indigenous Women – 6 Indigenous women share their experiences and tips on how to start your business, balance family and community obligations, manage your business life, and learn when and where to get help.
    • Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) – helps small- to medium-sized Indigenous businesses during start-up and growth phases, provides business workshops, access to business advice for start-ups and growing businesses, and subsidised business skilled mentors.
    • Indigenous Governance Toolkit – an online resource developed for Indigenous nations, communities, individuals and organisations searching for information to build their governance. Provides educational resources, examples, tools and guidance.
    • Indigenous Land Corporation – assists Indigenous people with the acquisition and management of land.
    • Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations – supports and regulates corporations under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).
    • Regional Development Australia (RDA) – RDA committee members are local people who develop local solutions to local issues.
    • Supply Nation – a certified supplier database for majority owned, controlled and managed Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander businesses. Provides support, tailored advice and guidance, including:
      • Indigenous Business Direct – a free Australia-wide online directory which provides capability and skills assessment, access to business resources, business and industry insights/market intelligence, and commercial finance options.

    Resources for Indigenous businesses

    • ADBT (Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust) – provides key support services including small business finance and support, community economic development, and community infrastructure.
    • First Australians Capital (FAC) – empowers Indigenous Australians to strengthen cultural values, stimulate creativity and innovation, and create jobs and build economic self-sufficiency.
    • First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) – the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and their representative bodies. Acts as a key conduit between the First Australians business sector, government and corporate Australia.
    • Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) – a registered charity and not-for-profit community development organisation which provides access to skilled volunteers and resources. ICV volunteers share their expertise to support Indigenous communities and businesses.
    • Industry Capability Network (ICN) – register as a supplier and be notified about supply opportunities. The ICN works with government and the private sector to list major infrastructure, industrial, energy and resources projects, and suppliers.
    • Jawun – partners with leading Australian companies and government agencies to place skilled business people into Indigenous organisations.
    • Many Rivers Microfinance Limited – a not-for-profit organisation which supports aspiring business owners with microenterprise development support and access to finance.
    • QMI Solutions – seeks to improve skills, performance, innovation and capability of the Queensland manufacturing industry.
    • Regional networks including:

    Grants, funding programs and support

    Read how to find, apply and complete grant applications.

    Mentoring and networking opportunities

    Mentoring and networking programs provide an opportunity for you to build, develop and grow your business:

    Read more about business mentoring and networking in business.

    Workshops and events

    Search the following resources for small business workshops, seminars, forums and events in Queensland:

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