Aboriginal Economic Development

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The Aboriginal Economic Development (AED) program 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. 

Native Seed and Nursery Development Grants Program

The application period for Building Better Aboriginal Business (BBAB) Native Seed and Nursery Development Grants is now CLOSED.

Submissions are currently being assessed.

About the BBAB Grant

With the growing trends in climate change action, land restoration and regenerative agriculture, there is timely opportunity to increase Aboriginal participation in the growing demand for supply of native seeds and seedlings across the agricultural regions.

The objective of this grant program is to increase and grow Aboriginal economic participation in the supply of native seeds and seedlings to meet this growing demand.  The BBAB Native Seed and Nursery Development Grant Program is a competitive grant round. 

Funding can be used to build capacity and develop Aboriginal businesses in the industry with a focus on the following themes:

  • Accelerating business development and native seed supply
  • Workforce development needs
  • Procurement and partnership support
  • Business coaching and mentoring

More information can be found in the Grant Guidelines, on the right-hand side document panel.

How to apply

Applications must be made via SmartyGrants.

Applications close 5pm (AWST) on Friday 9 December 2022.

Late applications will not be accepted. Please ensure you allow sufficient time, especially if you experience internet connectivity issues.

More information

For further information on the program please contact Gary Bonney on 0428 234 427 or email on aed@dpird.wa.gov.au


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, and flow through to the wider regional and State economies.

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, the program continues to support the South West Native Title Settlement and economic opportunities that arise through this process.

The AED program operates through a collaborative regional approach. In the north of the State, the focus is on pastoralism and beef production, whilst the south is focused on diversified Aboriginal farming businesses.

AED officers are located in Broome, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Perth, Albany, Kalgoorlie and Esperance.

For more details about the AED program, including the vision, strategic intent and what the team does, see the Aboriginal Economic Development program framework.


Contact information

Mark Chmielewski
+61 (0)8 9368 3974
Page last updated: Wednesday, 14 December 2022 - 12:27pm


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