Economic development initiatives

Local councils cooperate with all levels of government helping with the development and implementation of infrastructure, facilities and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.



NSW Aboriginal Land Council

The NSWALC Economic Development Policy outlines the broad strategies and initiatives that the organisation will pursue to drive economic development towards wealth creation and wellbeing for Aboriginal people in NSW.

NSW Government

The Department of Industry’s Training Services NSW has an Aboriginal Services Unit which offers a number of programs focused on Aboriginal training, employment and business development. Key resources include:

  • Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officers, who support Aboriginal people seeking to start or expand their small business
  • The Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program, which provides salary subsidies to State and local government to support permanent employment, skill development, work experience and traineeships for Aboriginal people
  • New Careers for Aboriginal People, which aims to increase the participation of Aboriginal people in the labour market
  • The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People, which provides free mentoring services for Aboriginal apprentices and trainees who need additional support in the workplace.

The NSW Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2014-17 sets out the key initiatives for the NSW Government to attract and retain Aboriginal staff, support career development and progression and improve workplace cultural competency.

The Aboriginal Participation in Construction Policy led by ProcurePoint (formerly NSW Procurement) requires 1.5 per cent of the total estimated value of a contract be invested in supporting Aboriginal participation.

The Scope for Government Agencies to Support Aboriginal Business Direction allows NSW Government agencies to purchase goods and services valued up to $150,000 from an Aboriginal business with a single quote.

The Aboriginal Economic Prosperity Framework currently under development is an important component of OCHRE. Aboriginal Affairs is the agency responsible for progressing this economic reform agenda that will better coordinate effort across government and ensure stakeholders work together effectively to support Aboriginal people’s greater participation in the NSW economy.