IBA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea, and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, to the Elders past, present, and emerging.
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Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) commissions, participates in and supports targeted and practical research to grow the evidence base that determines its approach to Indigenous economic development.

IBA also shares its knowledge and expertise with government and industry partners so that they have the best possible information to achieve their objectives to increase Indigenous economic independence. Such partnerships also provide us with opportunities to explore new ideas and strategies to assist Indigenous people to engage with the wider economy.

The table below lists recent research projects and reports produced. To speak to someone about these reports please contact us.

East Arnhem Land Business Development Approach: An interim review of IBA’s approach to developing small businesses in East Arnhem Land (PDF 1.67MB, new window)SGS Economics and Planning report reviewing the Indigenous small business development model in Galiwin’ku, Northern Territory and determining the feasibility of implementing the model in other Indigenous communities. The review recommended that the five-step, grassroots Indigenous small business development model be extended to other Indigenous communities in rural and remote areas. The model has been evaluated and implemented in locations in the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
Understanding Indigenous BusinessThis project studies motivation, success factors and barriers experienced by a group of IBA loan clients who are new Indigenous business owners over the course of three or more years. The annual findings assist IBA in improving service delivery and products to business loan clients. This ongoing study is currently in its fourth year.
Demand and Supply Issues in Indigenous Tourism: A Gap Analysis: read the Full report (PDF, new window)The study, 'Demand and Supply Issues in Indigenous Tourism: A Gap Analysis', was undertaken by the University of Queensland and Griffith University for IBA and the Indigenous Tourism Working Group in 2012.  This report provides a valuable insight into tourists’ and tourism operators’ views and perceptions of demand for and interest in Indigenous cultural tourism products in Australia.
Perceptions of Home Ownership among IBA Home Loan Clients (PDF 854KB, new window)Anna Szava and Mark Moran’s report for IBA and the Centre for Appropriate Technology highlights the key economic and social benefits of home ownership as perceived by a selection of IBA’s clients from Queensland and the Northern Territory.
A Cost Effectiveness Analysis of the IBA Home Ownership Program Completed in October 2010, this project examines the cost effectiveness of IBA’s Home Ownership Program. On 1 July 2012, IBA’s Home Ownership Program (HOP) and Home Ownership on Indigenous Land Program were integrated into a single Indigenous Home Ownership program.
Determining the Factors Influencing the Success of Private and Community-owned Indigenous Businesses across Remote, Regional and Urban AustraliaThis project will study success factors and key influencers of Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners, using qualitative and quantitative methods. Partly funded through a linkage grant from the Australian Research Council, IBA – as the industry partner – is working with Charles Sturt University, Newcastle University and the University of Technology, Sydney.
Anatomy of the Australian Entrepreneur: Understanding micro, small and medium entrepreneurs in AustraliaFay Rola-Rubzen’s 2011 report documents findings from a survey of business owners that compares Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses in desert and non-desert Australia. The research was funded through a partnership between Ninti One, IBA and Curtin University of Technology.