IBA partnership approach benefits Indigenous Australians in NQ

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) has entered into partnerships with the NQ Region of the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) and the Townsville Region Indigenous Business Network (TRIBN).

The objective of this partnership is to assist construction aligned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in the North Queensland Region to win contracts by developing their capacity and capability in the following areas:
– tendering, prequalification and internal systems and processes
– increasing staff with industry specific skills and capacity
– development of industry specific strategic and business planning skills and processes.

Each party bring its networks, skills and expertise to the partnership for the benefit of Indigenous businesses.

Outside of IBA’s funding of this partnership, IBA will provide additional assistance and support required through the normal business development activities (e.g. attendance at relevant workshops, networking activities) undertaken in the Region.

TRIBN and NQ DATSIP will provide advice, development and advocate on behalf of the businesses to obtain more contractual works and mediating to seek contract opportunities with major contractors for the Businesses.

Local Indigenous businesses are already benefitting from the partnership between IBA, NQ DATSIP and TRIBN.

Ben Morton from This is Plumbing and Morton Plumbing NQ said being able to better understand the administrative processes has been really helpful along with taking the next step from being a sole trader to a professional company that can train more apprentices.

Mick Prien from Townsville CBD Electrical is enjoying the process so far, saying that we had a lot of things in place but tapping into the knowledge and experience from the network has built confidence and we are looking at recommendations to move forward with company organisational structure.

IBA’s acting CEO Wally Tallis said that in entering into this partnership, IBA is demonstrating its commitment to forming positive partnerships and leveraging its relationships to better deliver the solutions to build capacity and address the inequality experienced by Indigenous Australians to access business opportunities, particularly in remote and regional areas.

‘I am looking forward to working closely with NQ DATSIP, TRIBN to facilitate increased impact and to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs in the Townsville region.

‘IBA’s vision and intent is to serve, partner and invest with First Australians who want to own their own future.

‘We go further than provide money; we invest in people, places and ideas that are ready – we help make these ideas real and these types of arrangements demonstrate our commitment to these goals’, concluded Mr Tallis.

Media contact: Daniel Hughes 02 6110 2731 or [email protected]

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