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“I strongly encourage Corporate Australia to Get behind and support the First Australians Chamber of Commerce & Industry”Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Hon. Nigel Scullion
FACCI actively seeks out and enters into partnerships with Companies and Government Agencies that have the capacity to value-add resources and synergy to the Organisation and its Role as Peak Body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses.
When considering a new partnership FACCI looks for the relevance of the partnering and the benefits to be achieved for the wider Sector. For example, a partnership may be formed to bring monetary or in kind resources and skills or a combination of these to support FACCI’s initiatives and service offering. FACCI is focussed on developing and protecting a strong First Australians Business Sector. Reciprocal relationships are strongly encouraged by FACCI.
FACCI works with a number of Indigenous Business Leaders and highly successful business owners who agree that the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses range between micro to small. We need to acknowledge this, accept it as fact, and as something very real to build on.
FACCI strongly advocates for the need to build the capacity of micro to small Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses to access and deliver on small but financially rewarding contract opportunities and to enable and support larger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses to access sizable procurement opportunities. FACCI welcomes Government policy aimed at increasing procurement from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers.
FACCI welcomes any opportunity to work with Government and Leading Indigenous Stakeholders to develop and improve policy, however we absolutely promote the need to match and procurement policy with an investment into developing the business and corporate skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business Owners. Without the existence of capable, competitive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses the genuine efforts of Government and many Private Sector Companies to provide sizable procurement offerings are often ineffective.
FACCI advocates for Indigenous Chambers of Commerce to be resourced as “One Stop Shops” to provide for the business development and capacity needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Businesses and to provide services to other stakeholders seeking to procure from or partner with these businesses. Indigenous Chambers of Commerce currently host a membership of 2500 businesses. Whilst the availability of financial resources is scarce for these grass roots organisations they are the preferred business environment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business Owners where they can network and seek out opportunities and support for their business.
Indigenous Chambers of Commerce provide a culturally safe business environment.
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“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