Membership Benefits & Services
How to become a Member
The NSWICC is the peak body representing the interests of Aboriginal businesses in NSW advocating for improved access to procurement opportunities on contracts and through participation in private sector supply chains. Membership provides a range of direct benefits including:
Registration on the New South Wales Aboriginal Business Portal (Launched 28th January 2015)
Membership of the NSWICC provides the opportunity to have a presence on the New NSW Aboriginal Business Portal, providing members with direct exposure and contact with NSW Government agencies seeking to engage Aboriginal suppliers.
The New South Wales Aboriginal Business Portal supports the growth of Aboriginal business by linking private and public sector procurers with certified Aboriginal suppliers.
The Portal is easily accessed by government and private companies by visiting us at www.nswicc.com.au or from the NSW Government NSWBuy catalogue link on the ICC website.
Registration on the NSW Government NSWBuy website
Through a partnership with NSW Government members are provided with a registration on the NSW Buy Catalogue giving your business exposure to NSW Government Agencies seeking to buy products and services. The site is linked to the NSW Aboriginal Business Portal meaning potential purchasers can find out more about your business capabilities.
Advocacy, Representation and Negotiation
The NSWICC advocates on behalf of our members on matters that affect their business and which is in the interest of the Aboriginal Business Sector in New South Wales. Membership of the NSWICC gives Aboriginal Business owners a united and effective voice, as the Chamber works alongside key advocacy and representative bodies such the NSW Small Business Commissioner and Peak Bodies to address concerns and issues.
Together, with our members and partners locally, nationally and internationally we will support the development of strategies and solutions to overcome barriers identified by our members and work with government and industry to minimise and or resolve.
Links to Industry, Making it Easier for Industry
We make it easier for major companies and Government to conduct business with Aboriginal Businesses & Contractors in New South Wales by allowing them access to our member supply chain list.
Links to Interstate and Global opportunities
Through our partnerships with other Indigenous Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations (the National Network of ICC's and Business Associations) and our Global relationships the NSWICC provides links and introductions to members seeking to grow their business.
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. The Chamber works to maintain the integrity of the Sector by working with members to ensure that their views, concerns and input are relayed in the development of initiatives, policies and programs (where we can gain the right to participate) which have an effect on their business.
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 NSW Government, Aboriginal Affairs, Department of Education & Communities, Law Society of NSW, Department of Finance & Procurement, Minerals Council of NSW, Trade & Investment NSW, and First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI).
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 Aboriginal 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 tearing and subcontracting.
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 relevant Business, Compliance, Key Industries, Policy, Guidelines and Government Programs to a high standard, providing seminars, workshops and newsletters to keep them 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, the Indigenous Economic Development Strategy, the Aboriginal Participation in Construction Policy, the New South Wales Aboriginal Procurement Policy, Supply Nation.
Supporting Regional Chambers of Commerce
The NSWICC works with other Aboriginal Business networks in Regions throughout NSW to support their members to gain access to the State Chamber and its services.
The NSWICC promotes our members and their products and services to Industry and Government and showcases NSW Aboriginal Business Success Stories. We 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.
Through our partnerships with media we are able to offer members support with the development of media releases and editorial space to promote their business.
Members receive up to date media releases relevant to the Indigenous Business Sector.
Governance Information / News for Companies
NSWICC Members are able to benefit from our knowledge, expertise and resources on Legislative and Compliance matters applicable to operating a business in NSW and Australia. Complimenting this knowledge are the connections we have with Business and Industry regulators.
Through our memberships with other key bodies such as the Institute of Company Directors, the NSW Business Chamber and numerous government compliance bodies our Members receive updates and information to support their ongoing business education and knowledge.
The Chamber is happy to assist you prepare for certification with Supply Nation.
Free Legal Support for Businesses less than three years old (Conditions Apply)
Small Business Health Check
A Discount Voucher for our Small Business Health Check Program (Entitles you to $100 discount). Our Small Business Health Check provides the following components:
- A Review of your business including a SWOT analysis
- A Brainstorming Session with a highly qualified Business Coach
- A Prescription to Deal with any Health Issues & A Fitness for Life Business Program
- A Tailored action plan to address any business weaknesses and threats
- A Tailored Action Plan to progress opportunities for improvement and growth 1 x Free Workshop per Year
- Member Discounts on business workshops and events
Access to Accredited Training in Business, Management and Industry workforce related courses.
Our Aim: The New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce aims to support and enhance the employment, economic and social prosperity of Indigenous peoples across the state of NSW by encouraging, supporting and building the capacity of the Indigenous Business Sector and by promoting the use of Indigenous owned products and services.