Aboriginal Economic Development

Please note: This content may be out of date and is currently under review.

Setting up for success guides

The AED program has developed targeted resources for Aboriginal organisations to diversify their businesses and take advantage of various industries. Each of the Setting up for Success guides are available for download under the 'documents' section on this page.

Setting up for success: Bushfoods

The Bushfoods industry is built on the Indigenous Ecological Knowledge of Australia’s First Nations people however, Aboriginal businesses have limited representation in the industry. The bushfoods industry is growing exponentially and there is a huge potential for Aboriginal people to reap the benefits of this growth.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has developed a Setting up for Success: Bushfoods guide for Aboriginal businesses wanting to enter or increase their participation in the bushfoods industry. This ‘how to’ guide outlines the considerations that bushfood businesses need to consider when producing, harvesting, manufacturing, developing and selling bushfoods.

The accompanying Protection of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge for bushfood businesses guide outlines international and national obligations regarding bushfood businesses, Access and Benefit Sharing Agreements and best practice protocols for the protection of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property and Indigenous Ecological Knowledge.

These guides are complemented by fact sheets:

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Setting up for success: Human induced regeneration carbon farming

A carbon farming guide has been developed for Aboriginal pastoral businesses, and registered native title bodies corporate, interested in human induced regeneration (HIR) carbon farming. 

Carbon farming provides Aboriginal pastoral lessees and native title holders with the opportunity to create a new income stream, regenerate the environment, build skills, and work on country.  

The Setting up for success – Human induced regeneration (HIR) carbon farming guide provides an overview of the opportunities and risks presented by HIR carbon farming for Aboriginal pastoral lessees and registered native title bodies corporate in the Southern Rangelands. Click here to access the online guide.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development held an information session for Aboriginal stakeholders in Geraldton on 17 November, 2020. You can watch a recording of the presentation delivered at the information session here.

The information within the Setting up for success – Human induced regeneration (HIR) carbon farming guide is summarised within a video presentation that can be viewed on YouTube here​.

To help ensure participating Aboriginal pastoral businesses and native title holders receive social and financial benefits from carbon farming projects, DPIRD recommends interested parties seek independent support, assistance and advice from the Aboriginal Economic Development unit by emailing aed@dpird.wa.gov.au or calling 0459 867 908.

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Setting up for success: Business model opportunities for Aboriginal pastoral businesses

Aboriginal pastoral properties represent a significant share of the northern cattle industry in Western Australia. There is an opportunity for these businesses to expand their operations and increase profitability and productivity.

A profitable Aboriginal pastoral business can provide increased income for communities, better management of country, and opportunities for training and employment of Aboriginal people in the pastoral industry.

The Setting up for Success – Business model opportunities for Aboriginal pastoral businesses is a helpful resource for Aboriginal communities, their Councils and administrators. The guide provides an overview of the various business model opportunities available to Aboriginal pastoral businesses, and outlines the road to success of industry enterprises  

The business model guide was developed following the Aboriginal Pastoral Forum in Broome, in 2018, where many of the challenges and opportunities for the industry were highlighted. It outlines a range of models available to businesses to lead them to better infrastructure, improved herds, regular annual income, and reduced risk to the community.

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Contact information

Mark Chmielewski
+61 (0)8 9368 3974
Page last updated: Monday, 12 September 2022 - 2:11pm


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