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To understand what government support is available to Indigenous Businesses and how it connects together, the project team developed a draft ecosystem map with 133 government programs aimed at supporting businesses (29 Indigenous specific, 104 mainstream) from 21 Federal Government agencies. They then asked Indigenous businesses and government employees to group a sample of these programs.

Opportunities and insights

  • Finding the right support is difficult for APS staff and rare for Indigenous businesses.
  • The internet is useful, but networks are vital for APS staff to find relevant information.
  • Indigenous businesses rely on word of mouth to hear about support.
  • A significant proportion of businesses don’t hear about the available government support for businesses, but would like to access it.
  • Indigenous businesses said their biggest challenge to finding relevant support is knowing where to look.

Recommendations and next steps

  • Explore working with all levels of government to examine how to better develop connections to support Indigenous business.
  • Investigate expanding the map to include state and territory government programs aimed at supporting businesses.
  • Incorporate learnings into cross agency projects to address opportunities identified in Phase One (Navigating mainstream support and Connected government).

Business support ecosystem map

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