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Record growth for Indigenous home ownership

The dream of living in their own home has become a reality for over 1000 Indigenous people this financial year through Indigenous Business Australia’s home ownership programme. This programme continues to go from strength to strength, building on the achievements of the 2005/06 financial year. The value of loans approved by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), […]

Joseph Elu clarifies his decision to resign from the National Indigenous Council

Canberra – The Chairman of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), Mr Joseph Elu today responded to recent media reports about his decision not to renew his appointment as a member of the National Indigenous Council (NIC). Mr Elu wrote to The Hon Mal Brough, Minister for Families and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in October this […]

Joseph Elu Clarifies Outback Stores Supply Contracts

Canberra - The Chairman of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), Mr. Joseph Elu today responded to recent media reports about wholesaler Metcash securing supply contracts with a subsidiary company of IBA’s, Outback Stores. Mr. Elu said that ‘Apart from an arrangement with Metcash to supply a pilot programme, consisting of up to seven stores, as yet […]

Outback Stores to unveil high-level board

The Chairman of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), Mr Joseph Elu, is to head a Board that includes some of the country’s leading former CEOs from the retail and wholesale sectors in a bid to improve and expand the number of remote community stores in Indigenous areas. “This has been a long time coming. If it […]

Celebrities to attend historic First Nations Economic Conference

Celebrities such as opera diva Deborah Cheetham, AFL star Adam Goodes, former Senator Aden Ridgeway and chef Mark Olive, otherwise known as the Black Olive, will feature prominently at next month’s first ever international economic conference organised by Indigenous Business Australia. Delegates from Canada, New Zealand and South Africa are expected to share knowledge with […]

Indigenous Business Australia welcomes Budget funding

The Chairman of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), Mr Joseph Elu, has welcomed the commitment of $3.3 billion in funding to Indigenous Australians announced in the 2006-07 Budget. Included in the package is $488 million for key areas like housing, education, health and leadership training as well as $48.1 million over four years to improve and […]

Innovative approach to Indigenous Community Stores

The Chairman of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), Mr Joseph Elu, has welcomed the Australian Government Budget announcement committing $48.1 million to an innovative model for community stores in Indigenous communities. As a result of this funding, IBA will establish a new company called Outback Stores that will provide a commercial management model for better governance, […]

More Choice for Indigenous Home Ownership

A $107.4 million package over four years, announced in the 2006-07 Budget,  demonstrates the Howard Government’s commitment to developing home ownership  opportunities on Indigenous land. In an effort to redress the disparity in home ownership rates between Indigenous and  non-Indigenous Australians, Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and the Department  of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs […]

Youth Forum to kick-start First Nations Economic Conference

Up to 80 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from all parts of Australia have  been invited to attend a Youth Forum at the start of an historic First Nations Economic Opportunities Conference in Sydney in July at which the focus is on business. Co-hosted by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), the youth component is aimed at […]

First Nations to attend Economic Opportunities Conference in Sydney

In a whole-of-government initiative to advance the economic cause of First Nations peoples, Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) will jointly host a First Nations Economic Opportunities Conference in Sydney next year. Prime Minister John Howard is expected to open the four-day event that has the support of Employment and Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, and Senator […]

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