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Inquiry into developing Indigenous enterprises

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Terms of Reference

The Committee shall inquire into and report on opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to grow small and medium-size business. This shall include Indigenous controlled enterprises and business in which Indigenous people are joint venture partners. In particular, the Committee will focus on:

  1. whether current government, industry and community programs offering specific enterprise support programs and services to Indigenous enterprises are effective, particularly in building sustainable relationships with the broader business sector;
  2. identifying areas of Indigenous commercial advantage and strength;
  3. the feasibility of adapting the US minority business/development council model to the Australian context; and
  4. whether incentives should be provided to encourage successful businesses to sub contract, do business with or mentor new Indigenous enterprises.

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