Joint Media Release with Senator for New South Wales Senator the Hon. Marise Payne and Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Paul Fletcher MP
- Largest Indigenous representative body in the country, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, will deliver the first Indigenous Business and Employment Hub.
- A new network of Hubs across Australia was a key plank of the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy – the first comprehensive roadmap for growing the Indigenous business sector launched by the Prime Minister last month.
- The Hubs are one-stop shops for the new support services in the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy including the $27 million Indigenous Entrepreneurs Capital Scheme, which unlocks commercial finance for Indigenous businesses.
- They will ensure local Indigenous businesses can take advantage of the record new infrastructure investment from the new Western Sydney Airport and Western Sydney City Deal.
The Coalition Government is announcing that the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) will be delivering the first Indigenous Business and Employment Hub, as part of our commitment to create more opportunities for Indigenous businesses and grow the sector.
At the launch of a new employment partnership between NSWALC and Olympus Solutions today, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion announced the Coalition Government will leverage NSWALC’s structures and experience in supporting the economic aspirations of their constituents, by working with NSWALC to deliver the first Indigenous Business and Employment Hub through.
“The Prime Minister announced in his 2018 Closing the Gap speech that we would work with NSWALC, the largest Indigenous representative body in Australia, to ensure the Indigenous Business and Employment Hub is designed by and tailored for Indigenous Australians,” Minister Scullion said.
“I have been working very closely with NSWALC, including a very productive workshop today, on the design and reach of the Hub.
“It is clear that the experience and networks of NSWALC uniquely places them to deliver the Indigenous Business and Employment Hub, and it is for that reason that the Government is announcing today that NSWALC will be delivering the Hub.
“I applaud the leadership of the Chair, Mr Roy Ah-See and the entire NSWALC Council in driving this initiative and their commitment to getting more of their members into jobs and small business,” Minister Scullion said today.
Chairman of NSWALC, Mr Ah-See welcomed today’s announcement and the workshop in Western Sydney.
“We have had a very productive workshop with Minister Scullion today on our vision for the Indigenous Business and Employment Hubs, and thank the Government for their genuine commitment to work in partnership with NSWALC on practical measures that will improve the lives of our people,” Mr Ah-See said.
Senator for New South Wales, Marise Payne, welcomed the Coalition Government’s commitment to Indigenous entrepreneurs and small businesses in Western Sydney.
“Western Sydney has the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of anywhere in Australia. I am very pleased that the Hub will be located here,” Senator Payne said.
“The Coalition has a strong track-record of delivering for Indigenous entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Indigenous Procurement Policy has resulted in over $1 billion in contracts being awarded to around 1000 Indigenous businesses since its introduction two-and-a-half years ago, including many in Western Sydney”, Senator Payne said.
Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher highlighted the target for 2.4 per cent Indigenous employment and 3 per cent Indigenous procurement in delivering the Western Sydney Airport.
“Given the massive investment this government is making in Western Sydney through the $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport and the Western Sydney City Deal there will be so many exciting opportunities and we want First Australians to be part of them.
“This is a sign of our Government’s confidence in and support for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business sector right across Australia,” Minister Fletcher said today.