Involvement in the New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce
Advocacy, Representation and Negotiation
The New South Wales Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC) advocates on behalf of our members on any matter that affects their business and which is in the interest of the Indigenous Business Sector in New South Wales. Our advocacy role is always carried in an effort achieve economic empowerment for members of the Chamber.
Membership of NSWICC gives Indigenous Business members a united and effective voice, as the Chamber works alongside key representative bodies such as the Indigenous Business Council of Australia (IBCA) and Supply Nation to address concerns and issues across the Indigenous Business Sector.
Together, with our members and partnerships locally, nationally and internationally we will support the development of strategies and solutions to overcome barriers identified by Indigenous businesses and provide solutions to government & industry on how to work with the Indigenous Business Sector to address.
Links to Industry, Making it Easier for Industry
We make it easier for major companies and Government to conduct business with Indigenous Businesses / Contractors in New South Wales by allowing them access to our member supply chain list.
A United Voice
The NSWICC network facilitates a forum for members to share their experience and to discuss specific opportunities and challenges. The Chamber provides them with a united voice to bring concerns, issues and ideas for improvement to the attention of industry and government.
Membership provides access and engagement with government at Local, State and Federal levels and input into policies of importance to the Indigenous Business Sector and industry. This is achieved through the partnerships developed by the NSWICC with other Key Peak Representative bodies existing to advocate, educate and represent the Sector and by the Chamber's active participation on relevant Boards, Government Working parties and Task forces. Key Partners include Supply Nation and the Indigenous Business Council of Australia (IBCA)
Sharing ideas and resources
The NSWICC is a culturally welcoming place to talk business, share ideas and resources.
Lobbying to Resource the Sector
The NSWICC will lobby State and Federal Government to resource the Indigenous Business Sector with increased targeted support aimed at identifying procurement opportunities, capacity building, coaching and training. Resourcing the Chamber and sector will assist us to support our members to take advantage of procurement opportunities and education on the advantages of second tiering and sub contracting.
Guidance to Government Programs
NSWICC will continually develop our partnerships with government agencies charged with delivering programs to support and enhance Indigenous economic & enterprise development. This will be achieved by maintaining our knowledge of government programs to support Indigenous business and channelling this information to our members across New South Wales. Additionally the Chamber will be open to government agencies as a forum to promote those programs to our Member supply chain and local communities.
Capacity Building and Sharing Knowledge - Aim for best practice
The Chamber will support members to keep their knowledge of the industry to a high standard, providing seminars, workshops and newsletters to keep Indigenous Business Owners informed. Documents of importance will be made available to members to assist their own education on the Sector and to better equip them to take advantage of opportunities for their business, for example, the Indigenous Opportunities Policy and the Indigenous economic Development Strategy.
Supporting Regional Chambers of Commerce
The NSWICC works with other Indigenous Businesses networks in Regions throughout NSW to support their members gain access to the State Chamber and its services.
The NSWICC will promote our members and their products and services to Industry and Government and showcase NSW Indigenous Business success stories. We will work with members to guide them on promotional strategies to enhance their business and provide opportunities for promotion through our email networks, website, newsletter, functions and events.
NSWICC aims to support and enhance the employment, economic and social prosperity of Indigenous peoples across the Hunter region by encouraging, supporting and building the capacity of Indigenous Businesses.