THE INDIGENOUS BUSINESS, ENTERPRISE AND CORPORATIONS CONFERENCE (IBECC) RETURNS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA FOR THE FOURTH TIME ON 1-2 DECEMBER 2016.
Since the first IBECC in 2011, the Indigenous business, enterprise and corporations sector has grown in size and scope despite the many challenges it has faced.
While some areas of Australia’s economy face adversity, new doors are opening for Indigenous businesses, enterprises and corporations. The Australian Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy has resulted in increased demand for Indigenous business, creating significant new opportunities. Native Title groups continue to develop economic opportunities from Indigenous Land Use Agreements and other sources.
Across many of the Closing the Gap indicators, however, Australia is not making the kind of progress we all want to see. Indigenous economic development and business success is an important driver of social change, and health and justice improvements. It is crucial to Closing the Gap in Indigenous outcomes. Examining the links between the Indigenous economy and social change has been an on-going theme of IBECC over the last three conferences.
Indigenous business education has developed innovative programs such as the MURRA Program for Indigenous entrepreneurs. Universities are developing scholarship options for Indigenous business students and strong educational support programs. However, there is a need for a more coordinated, richer program that includes a contextualized curriculum. The Conference will explore options for strengthening Indigenous business education. It will also feature opportunities for Indigenous research students to meet each other and present their latest work. And as always IBECC will provide the perfect site for networking opportunities for corporate representatives, Indigenous businesses and corporations, policy makers and Native Title bodies.
IBECC 2016 brings all of this together as Australia’s premier Indigenous business and economic conference.