Aboriginal Economic Development

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The Aboriginal Economic Development (AED) function within the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) aims to unlock significant and impactful regional Aboriginal economic development opportunities. It builds local capacity and supports new business and jobs for Aboriginal people through primary industries and strategic regional projects. 

COVID-19 information for Small Aboriginal Businesses

The AED team has created a summary document of support available from various government agencies to help Aboriginal businesses manage business disruption as a result of COVID-19.

Download the 'AED COVID-19 Support Information' document under the 'Documents' section on the right-hand side of this page.

If you need further support to work out next steps for your business, please contact the AED team at aed@dpird.wa.gov.au, or specifically contact:


AED has a common-sense approach to creating tangible change for Aboriginal landholders and their local communities. Built on a foundation of establishing robust relationships; businesses are gradually assisted to be developed with a clear focus on sustainability and economic development leading to greater profitability. This results in significant and beneficial life changes for people and their communities. This flows through to the wider regional and state economy as a whole.

Through a comprehensive corporate governance process, training and support, and the involvement of other government and non-government organisations, many Aboriginal agricultural businesses now have the capacity to manage their own business sustainably.

AED activities link to numerous state priorities. For example, AED continues to support the South West Native Title Settlement and the economic opportunities that arise throughout this process.

The AED program operates through a collaborative regional approach. The north focuses on pastoralism and beef production whilst the south focuses on diversified Aboriginal farming businesses. AED officers are located in Broome, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Perth, Albany and Esperance.


Contact information

Mark Chmielewski
+61 (0)8 9368 3974
Page last updated: Monday, 25 May 2020 - 10:54am