Indigenous engagement

  • Enhance economic development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including through the Business Council’s Indigenous Engagement Task Force.
  • Support constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The view of the Business Council is that the Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation to Australia to walk with Indigenous peoples and amend our Constitution to provide an Indigenous Voice to the Parliament. An Indigenous Voice to Parliament will provide Indigenous Australians with a stronger say on legislation, policy and programs that impact Indigenous communities and quality of life.
    • Constitutional recognition has been an unresolved issue for too many years. The Business Council calls for a detailed process that outlines how an Indigenous Voice to Parliament will be progressed to referendum as quickly as is practicably possible, in a manner that is Indigenous-led and engages all Australians.
    • The referendum question should be agreed, formulated and put to the Australian people within 12 months of the next federal election. With the support of the Australian people, this would deliver a Constitutional change before July 2020.
  • Encourage members to opt-into the Raising the Bar Indigenous procurement target setting framework. Raising the Bar is a joint initiative with Supply Nation, through which 19 members co-designed the framework so that it is adaptable to the Business Council’s diverse membership.
  • Coordinate with members to provide meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities to invest in and promote Indigenous economic development, including access to capital, capacity and capability.
  • Continue to drive reform, efficiency and innovation in the delivery of funding and services to Indigenous communities.