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WA Indigenous Business and Employment Hub Launches to Support Indigenous Businesses

WA Indigenous Business and Employment Hub Launches to Support Indigenous Businesses

Indigenous Affairs Economic Development
Wednesday, 19 February 2020

National Indigenous Australians Agency

The West Australian Indigenous Business and Employment Hub launched in Perth yesterday, marking a milestone for the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy (IBSS).

The WA Indigenous Business and Employment Hub is one of three hubs that the Australian Government has committed to establishing across the country. Known as the Wirra Hub, it is a one-stop-shop for Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs and job seekers to access advice and support, a place to work, and connect with corporates.

The WA Hub is a partnership between the Australian Government and the Wirrpanda Foundation, and will provide Indigenous businesses, job seekers and entrepreneurs with advice, support and links to big business. It will also offer mentoring, workshops and training, as well as a place to work.

Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP attended the launch, and said the WA Hub will assist Indigenous organisations to navigate the business support ecosystem and help them on their path to success.

“Australia is seeing an ever-increasing demand for Indigenous businesses,” Minister Wyatt said.

“The WA Hub will provide access to tailored business advice, and connect clients with mainstream and Indigenous-specific business services to support their ambitions.”  

The Indigenous Business and Employment Hubs are the flagship of the IBSS. The NSW Aboriginal Land Council is delivering the NSW Indigenous Business and Employment Hub in Western Sydney, with a third hub location to be announced in 2020.

The IBSS was launched in 2018, following extensive consultation with over 200 Indigenous business sector partners. It is a 10-year plan that will ensure Indigenous businesses have access to the capital and business support needed to take up commercial opportunities.

Read more about the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy.