Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations conference

Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference

Welcome to the second annual Indigenous Business and Enterprise Conference hosted by the UWA Business School Centre for Social Impact.

This conference will bring together a cross-section of people from different backgrounds to share and discuss their knowledge from the various sectors that are responsible for creating exciting and new economic opportunities for Indigenous people and their communities.

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Breakfast by the Bay


Stronger together

What are the striking new examples of Indigenous innovation and entrepreneurship at both the local and national level?

How can the corporate sector best engage with Indigenous businesses for shared value success?

How has the Federal Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy impacted Indigenous businesses in its first year and how can the corporate sector take advantage of supply base diversification?

How does Indigenous business and economic development help Close the Gap in Indigenous outcomes?

When we work together, we are stronger together

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, such as The Australian Government’s new Indigenous Procurement Policy.  Indigenous innovation and entrepreneurship is stronger than ever, and we are seeing a range of successful Indigenous women in business.

Across many of the Closing the Gap indicators, however, Australia is not making the kind of progress we all want to see. Examining the links between the Indigenous economy and social change has been an on-going theme of IBECC over the last three conferences and will be explored further in 2016.  Indigenous business education has demonstrated great developments; yet 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.

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.

The conference includes a strong academic contribution uniquely integrated with learnings from the business sector, policy makers, practitioners, community enterprises and emerging voices.

Whether you’re a business owner or operator, a person wanting to make a difference and achieve impact, employed in an Indigenous Corporation, engaged in a community organisation, a member of a native title group or peak body organisation, an academic or student, working in a corporate Indigenous engagement office, in the creative sector or in government IBECC 2016 has something for you.

IBECC 2016 is founded on a partnership between The University of Western Australia Business School and The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies and is hosted by The University of Western Australia Centre for Social Impact.

We acknowledge that this conference is held on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk Noongar who remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to practice their values, languages, beliefs, and knowledge. We offer our respects to Elders Past and Present and, through the Elders, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

  • BHP Billiton
  • PWC
  • Atco
  • Mitsubishi Development
  • Perth Convention Bureau
  • Tourism Western Australia