By Simon Tengende
Victoria’s peak representative body for Aboriginal businesses, Kinaway, has welcomed the Federal Government’s Indigenous Economic Development Strategy but is calling for stronger consultation about its delivery.
The strategy identifies priorities similar to those articulated in Kinaway’s policy and advocacy agenda. Kinaway is pleased to see the strategy concentrates on investing in Aboriginal business growth by focusing on knowledge, skills and opportunities among Aboriginal business owners.
Ahead of the strategy being released, the Federal Government established an Indigenous Business Advisory Council in early September. However, Kinaway is concerned that there is no representative from Victoria involved on the advisory group.
If the Federal Government is serious about ensuring the interests of all states are represented, this should be reflected in the advisory group.
Therefore, it is vital that groups such as Kinaway – Victoria’s Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce – are engaged in the wider consultation process to ensure effective delivery of the Federal Government’s strategy.
In order for the strategy to be a success, all stakeholders, including State and Federal Governments and the private sector, will need to work together.
The establishment of a national strategy to advance Aboriginal businesses is a great step forward and Kinaway stands ready to work with the Federal Government to ensure the strategy is a success.
Simon Tengende is General Manager of Kinaway.