Advancing Indigenous Business
The First Australians Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FACCI) is the Peak Body for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Businesses and their Representative Bodies. FACCI was established by the National Network of Indigenous Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations in April 2015 to represent the interests of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Businesses and to act as the Key Conduit between the First Australians Business Sector, Government and Corporate Australia.
FACCI is a member driven initiative with a national grass roots footprint, providing an opportunity to lead real change through accurate advice and guidance to Government and the Private Sector in their efforts to locate and engage with First Australian Business Owners for the purpose of meaningful procurement and economic growth for First Australian Communities. As the Peak Body our role is to represent Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Business in partnership with our members. It is our responsibility to lead and advise, to advocate and challenge, to regulate and, to maintain our relev ance to a growing sector.
Under FACCI, Indigenous Chambers of Commerce & Business Associations provide a unique model to be embraced by Governments to establish and grow resilient and viable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses across Australia. Through proper role modelling by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business Leaders we encourage enterprising Aboriginal communities, focused on commerce as a means to addressing our own Social and economic disadvantage.
“As the peak body for Indigenous businesses, chambers and networks across Australia, FACCI provides a crucial platform for development of our sector and a robust policy environment.”
Professor Marcia Langton AM
“As a Director we stand and applaud you for all the work you have undertaken to establish the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry. FACCI truly is a milestone for Indigenous Business and a milestone that will lead to the achievement of strong and vibrant sector for our people and communities. FACCI empowers Indigenous Business by giving them a voice and vehicle to operate in the commercial world.”
Brad Draper – Director, Kenjarhy Pty Ltd
“I am deeply proud to be here to witness the establishment of FACCI, we now have our own Peak Body in FACCI! Harnessing an opportunity on a national scale gives Indigenous Australians the economic boost that millions of dollars of welfare and good will can never do”
Wendy Yarnold – Director, Real Futures Pty Ltd
“Trade and Innovation are not new concepts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. There exists clear evidence that our people have been entrepreneurial and participating in an active economy for many thousands of years. The vast trade routes clearly show that the economy went far beyond a local economy with goods and services being traded right across the many traditional lands.”
Professor Dennis Foley
“The First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a welcomed initiative as it will greatly assist the collection of valuable qualified and quantified data that guides our ability to make informed decisions in how we support the growth of competitive Indigenous businesses.”
Heath Nelson – Fortescue Metals Group
“FACCI provides a forum for Indigenous leadership and entrepreneurship to work in partnership with Government and Corporate Australia to implement solutions as opposed to administering aid.”
Deb Barwick -Chairperson, New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce
“FACCI means the voice of our members in all parts of Australia can be heard by.”
Lauri McDonald – Chairperson, Ngunnawal Indigenous Business Corporation Australian Capital Territory (NIBCACT)
“As an Indigenous Business Owner, it is great to be part of FACCI’s nurturing network. It helps us Indigenous businesses gather strength and knowledge that we can pass on to future generations.”
Terri Janke – Terri Janke & Associates
“I am pleased to support the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) and the work it is undertaking to improve the capabilities of Indigenous small businesses to compete for business both nationally and internationally.”
Mark Brennan – Australian Small Business Commissioner