Project : Factors influencing the success of Indigenous businesses in urban, regional and remote areas of Australia
The study involves a series of in-depth interviews
with the owners of Indigenous businesses followed
by a large-scale survey of Indigenous enterprise owners across Australia. It will run for three years (2011-2013) and is being funded by the Commonwealth Government's Australian Research Council and Indigenous Business Australia (IBA).
Aims of the project
This study will provide a detailed overview of the
nature and dynamics of Indigenous enterprises
(private and community-owned) in urban, regional
and remote areas of Australia.
It will examine all aspects of these enterprises—the issues they face, factors influencing their success, and ways of helping with their establishment and development. The study will help stakeholders better understand the challenges facing Indigenous enterprises in various geographic, economic and social settings. Importantly, the findings will help policymakers develop strategies to improve the uptake and success rate of Indigenous enterprises.
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Why is this study necessary?
The development of successful Indigenous businesses is important for improving the quality of life for many Indigenous communities. Indigenous businesses create jobs, aid Indigenous selfdetermination and provide new opportunities for Indigenous youth and communities.
Any strategies to support Indigenous business development must be based on solid data. However, to date there has been little research into Indigenous enterprises in Australia. New research is needed into the different types of Indigenous enterprises, issues they face, factors influencing their success and the economic and social contributions they make to various industries and locations.
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