Key Achievements of NSWICC
The NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce was established as the first Aboriginal Controlled Chamber of Commerce in Australia.
The NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce was established and registered as the first State based Indigenous led Chamber of Commerce in Australia.
NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce was officially launched by the former Honourable Senator Mark Arbib.
The NSWICC achieved a membership base of 200 Aboriginal Businesses across diverse Industries and in every state.
A survey of Supply Nation's 71 suppliers showed that 32 (44%) had been supported by the NSWICC and had been referred from the NSWICC membership.
Business Forum Co Chair
NSWICC Chairperson Co Chairs the World Indigenous Business Forum
NSW Government Alliance
NSWICC forms an alliance with NSW Government supporting the development of several initiatives under OCHRE the NSW Government State Plan for Aboriginal Communities in NSW.
NSW Aboriginal Procurement Policy
NSWICC welcomed the new NSW Aboriginal Procurement Policy which enables NSW Government agencies to go directly to Aboriginal Businesses for contracts up to $ 150,000.
MOU between NSW Government & NSW ICC
NSWICC signed an historical Memorandum Of Understanding with the NSW Government which commits the two to work together to grow Aboriginal Jobs and Businesses.
Business Portal Launch
NSWICC launches the NSW Aboriginal Business Portal linking NSW Aboriginal Businesses directly to NSW Government
MOU between NSW Department of Education & Communities and NSW ICC
NSWICC signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with the Department of Education and Communities which comits both parties to work together to support the developement of Aboriginal businesses and employment across NSW
The First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) has been launched. FACCI is the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses and their representative bodies. FACCI was established by the National Network of Indigenous Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations to represent the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses and to act as the Key Conduit between the FIrst Australians BUsiness Sector, Government and Corporate Australia.
Founding Member First Australians Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FACCI)
History of Aboriginal Trade In Australia
Indigenous people have traditions of trade, entrepreneurial activity and commerce dating back over 8,000 years.
The concept of business is not new to Aboriginal people, with traditions of trade and commerce dating back thousands of years. Prior to European occupation, there were many different Aboriginal nations living across Australia. Each Aboriginal nation had its own customs, political structure, language and ceremonies, and vast trade and commerce systems. (Source: Study in the USA, Canada and New Zealand "To identify successful strategies that will enable the growth of Indigenous owned enterprises in Australia", fellowship report by Neil Wilmett, 2009 Churchill Fellow).
Indigenous Chambers of Commerce were established in Australia less than a decade ago to provide Aboriginal business owners with a forum where they could network, share stories and learn from each other. Before Indigenous Chambers of Commerce were established in Australia Aboriginal Business Owners were mostly working in isolation and were not participating in any networks or industry associations.
The Chambers exposed Aboriginal Business owners to the many benefits of networking and had a positive impact on their confidence to promote their business in other relevant forums. Before long however, the Chambers realised that the availability of business support to develop and grow Aboriginal businesses and at the same time address the unique needs of Aboriginal people in business was inadequate. Existing business programs were not known about or delivered by non-Aboriginal service providers who were not equipped to work with the many barriers that often impact on Aboriginal people in business.