Aboriginal Business Development Network (Gippsland)

Economic development driven by our community is the key to self-determination, self-management and economic prosperity, owning our own businesses
and determining our futures will lead to healing
and healthy families and communities.

The purpose of the Aboriginal Economic Development Strategy for Gippsland is to facilitate and progress the economic development aspirations of the Gippsland Aboriginal Community and to support established businesses to grow and flourish.

Whilst GLaWAC is the host organisation for this strategy, it has been developed with a full invitation for the whole of Community, its organisations and Aboriginal business to contribute during the consultation phase.

We recognise that not everyone would have contributed given the limitations during COVID19 and that is why we have developed a ‘living strategy’ that will grow and allow ongoing engagement with those wishing to contribute to the economic future of Aboriginal Gippsland.



The Strategy will assist and promote opportunities for the Aboriginal Community if all ages and throughout Gippsland to make a significant contribution to the economic development of the region, drawing on the vibrant cultural heritage and knowledge systems, encouraging the Community to establish connections, partnerships, and collaborate in developing shared enterprises.

The skills and knowledge of Aboriginal people living in Gippsland will add significant value to the economic growth of the region particularly through the growth of key industry sectors such as Caring for Country, cultural tourism, environmental management, food and hospitality, and arts and design.

Building on the legacy

The purpose of the Aboriginal Economic Development Strategy for Gippsland is to facilitate and progress the economic development aspirations of the Gippsland Aboriginal Community and to support established businesses to grow and flourish.

A strong Aboriginal business sector is an important factor in empowering Aboriginal communities and contributes significantly to self-determination, wealth creation, and health and well-being. We are witnessing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led economic development across Australia in many forms through the establishment and growth of not for profit and profit driven Aboriginal and Torres Strait organisations. These organisations are creating employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, building their skills, acting as role models and creating pathways, particularly for young people, to establish their own businesses. As businesses grow and develop, they allow the next generation of entrepreneurs to step forward. Over time, this strengthens the economic position of Aboriginal communities.

The success of this strategy will require the transfer of power and resources to communities through robust pathways that support school leavers to understand and support their future economic security and builds leaders who can step into all sectors to promote the value of Aboriginal contribution to economic growth.

This in part will be achieved through local Community pathway initiatives but ultimately this transformation will occur through partnerships with mainstream services who are willing to commit to employment targets, succession planning and inclusive policies and strategies.