Closing the Gap and the Benefits of Partnering with Indigenous Businesses

Indigenous Workabout was founded in 2006 as a small contracting company specializing in painting services.

Making a difference in our community

The Closing the Gap initiative is a long-term strategy developed by the Australian Federal Government to address the significant gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians across a range of areas, including health, education, employment, and life expectancy.

One key aspect of the initiative is to increase economic opportunities for Indigenous Australians through partnerships with non-Indigenous businesses. This involves promoting procurement from Indigenous businesses, building the capacity of Indigenous businesses enabling them to more fully participate in the economy, and encouraging partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses.

Partnering with Indigenous businesses can bring a range of benefits for non-Indigenous businesses. These benefits include:

  • Access to new markets and new customers: Partnering with Indigenous businesses can provide non-Indigenous businesses with access to industries and areas they previously haven’t been involved in.  A partnership with an Indigenous business can unlock new markets and expand an already established business’ customer base.
  • Improved reputation: Partnering with Indigenous businesses can enhance a non-Indigenous business’s reputation by demonstrating their commitment to social responsibility and reconciliation. It indicates to consumers, regulators and the market that a business is progressive, forward looking and seeking to contribute to society.  
  • Increased innovation: Indigenous businesses often have unique perspectives and insights, which can lead to increased innovation and creativity.
  • Enhanced diversity: Partnering with Indigenous businesses can enhance a non-Indigenous business’s diversity, which has been shown to increase creativity, problem-solving ability, and financial performance.
  • Support for economic development: By partnering with Indigenous businesses, non-Indigenous businesses can support the economic development of Indigenous communities, which can have positive social and economic impacts.

Overall, partnering with Indigenous businesses can bring a range of benefits for non-Indigenous businesses, while also supporting the Closing the Gap initiative and contributing to the economic development of Indigenous communities. Connect with Indigenous Workabout today to see how your business enterprise can benefit from working with a local Aboriginal business.  

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