ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Factors influencing the success of Indigenous businesses in urban, regional and remote areas of Australia

  • Project
  • Team Members
  • Research Methods
  • Contacts

The study

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 projectOutbush pictures

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.

Above: Outbush Pitchas

Why is this study necessary?Tea towels

The development of successful Indigenous businesses is important for improving the quality of life for many Indigenous communities. Indigenous businesses create jobs, aid Indigenous self determination 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.

Above : Gaawaa Miyay textile design

The research team

Researchers from Charles Sturt University and the University of Technology Sydney are conducting the study.

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), a Commonwealth funded body encouraging selfmanagement and economic independence for Indigenous people and the Cultural & Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA), a research organisation focusing on issues relating to multicultural and Indigenous communities are supporting the study.

Research Team

The research team

Back row, left to right: Dr Branka Krivokapic-Skoko - CSU, Mr David Brudenall - IBA, Dr Rebecca Devitt - IBA, Ms Anne Redman - CIRCA, Dr Parikshit K Basu - CSU.
Front row, left to right:Professor Mark Morrison - CSU, Ms Sonya Pearce - UTS, Professor Jock Collins - UTS.

Tracey Trudgett

left Tracey Trudgett CSU

What's Involved

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. Each in-depth interview will be conducted by two researchers and will last about an hour-and-a-half. The survey with business owners will also be conducted in person by two researchers and will last about an hour. Before they begin, the researchers will explain what is involved. Participants can withdraw at any time or decide later that they do not want the information they shared to be used in the study.

Why participate?

There is no obligation to participate in this study. However, if you do, you will be taking part in the most comprehensive survey of Indigenous businesses ever undertaken in Australia and you will be helping researchers and policymakers identify ways to improve the success of Indigenous businesses. This in turn will allow Indigenous communities to live healthier and more productive, fulfilling lives.

How your information will be used

The information collected will be analysed and collated to produce a report and several academic papers. Individual participants will not be identified. If you would like, we can send you a summary copy of the final report. The study findings will be shared with key stakeholders, including a range of Commonwealth and State government agencies.

For more details, contact Professor Mark Morrison at Charles Sturt University email phone – (02) 6338 4253

For more information about IBA's involvement in this project, please contact David Brudenall at Indigenous Business Australia email phone – (02) 6121 2647