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This is a list of relevant key contacts to PBCs. Searches can be narrowed by selecting type of contact (e.g. government, training provider).

Phone Email Type
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)
02 6271 5111 Funding and grant provider, Government, Training provider

Funding and grant providers

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) offers a range of funding opportunities to Indigenous people, communities and organisations. The Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grants provide funds to support education outcomes (e.g. school attendance, parenting support, and higher education support), employment and economic development (e.g. helping remote job seekers, foster Indigenous businesses and workplace training) and community safety projects and activities. All applications must be discussed in their early stages with PM&C Regional Network officers before preparing an application.

The IAS has grants aimed to specifically help PBCs, the capacity building for native title corporation grant. These funds are available to increase the capacity of a PBC and advance their economic opportunities. PBCs, or groups of PBCs, can apply for training support funding to build their organisational capacity, e.g. funding to assist business or agribusiness consultancies, accountancy or legal services. There is also direct support funding for effective native title agreement-making.

To apply for funding through the IAS, applicants must contact a PM&C Regional Network office, free call 1800 079 098.

Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations

The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) provides free training courses for PBCs and their members to increase their corporate governance knowledge, skills, efficiency and accountability. In 2018, ORIC is holding training courses and workshops across Australia in introductions to corporate governance (May), two-day governance workshops (March; April and May), building strong stores, Certificate IV in Business (Governance) and Diploma of Business (Governance) - further dates to be announced. All ORIC courses are free of charge and all, except the two day governance workshops, have funding to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for participants.  PBCs can also request a corporation specific training course, tailored for them by ORIC. These courses are also free and can be held at a corporation’s premises or within their community all over Australia.

To enquire or organise training courses contact ORIC, free call 1800 622 431 or training@oric.gov.au.

Indigenous Business Australia

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) offers funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples to archive economic independence. This funding can assist Indigenous people to buy homes, own their own businesses and invest in commercial ventures. IBA can assist people to:

  • Buy a home - IBA offer housing loans to Indigenous people who wish to buy or build a home and who cannot qualify for other bank loans.
  • Business ownership - IBA offers business loans of between $10,000 and $100,000, as well as ongoing training and support, to Indigenous business. Loans are flexible and available to business just starting up or growing and expanding.

The IBA also has equity and investment programs available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ventures that are seeking to achieve self-management, self-sufficiency and economic independence.

IBA has regional offices and a free call number 1800 107 107 to discuss your application. IBA can also be contacted by email.

Indigenous Land Corporation

The Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) offers funding opportunities to Indigenous people seeking to acquire and manage land for economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits. The ILC has two funding categories:

  • Small Projects  - funding of up to $100,000 to purchase management planning, infrastructure support (e.g. fencing) and buying plant and equipment.
  • Large Projects - funding of more than $100,000 for a broad range of Indigenous land-based enterprises and partnerships.

Funding requests for urgent health and safety issues on Indigenous-held land can also be requested at any time.

The ILC offers application advice and support on their website and can also be connected directly to discuss funding project ideas. Free call 1800 818 490 and contact the relevant ILC office to speak with a Land Management Project Advisor.