Victorian Aboriginal Economic Priorities

Victorian Aboriginal Economic Strategy 2013-2020

The Victorian Aboriginal Economic Strategy was launched by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs on 6 December 2013. The Strategy leverages the strengths of Aboriginal Victorians and the State economy to build opportunity and economic prosperity and deliver better life outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.VAES cover image - with border

Economic participation and development are central to the Government's reform agenda for closing the gap, the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2013–2018. The Strategy extends from education, to more job opportunities with career pathways, and growing Aboriginal business enterprise and investment.

Actions under the Strategy build on efforts across the Victorian Government and leverage private sector partners, to deliver strong outcomes in education, training employment and business enterprise.

A Victorian Aboriginal Economic Board will be established to support delivery of the Strategy, cut through red tape and build strategic connections with industries and the finance sector.

The development of the Strategy was informed by Ministerial Roundtables and targeted consultations held during 2013, discussions at the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Development Summit hosted in 2012 and the work of the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Development Group.

The Strategy is available at the following links:


Aboriginal employment in the public sector

The Victorian Government is committed to increasing Aboriginal employment and improving career pathways across the Victorian public sector, to improve the overall capability of the public sector, while also providing opportunity that strengthens Aboriginal economic outcomes.

Karreeta Yirramboi: the Victorian Aboriginal Public Sector Employment and Career Development Action Plan 2010-15 was developed in partnership with the Aboriginal community.

In 2012, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs launched Karreeta Yirramboi: an Employer Toolkit to Grow Aboriginal Employment in your Organisation. The toolkit provides information and advice on areas that support the development of an attractive workplace for Aboriginal people.

The Plan and Toolkit are available at the following links:

The Toolkit is available on the State Services Authority website.


Victorian Aboriginal Economic Development Summit

On 17 July 2012, the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments jointly hosted Victoria's Economic Development Summit: Aboriginal Victorians in the Economy. This one-day event brought together Aboriginal, business, local government and philanthropic leaders and practitioners with government policy makers to explore economic success for Aboriginal Victorians over the coming decade.

Panel members for the forum included:

  • Adrian Appo OAM – Director, Ganbina
  • Kerry Arabena - Professor and Director of Research for the School for Indigenous Health, Monash University
  • Laura Berry - Manager of Community Partnerships and Reconciliation, Qantas
  • Glen Brennan - Senior Manager, Indigenous Finance and Development, National Australia Bank
  • Craig Briety - Chief Operations Officer, Clontarf Foundation
  • Jason Eades - Managing Director and Principle Consultant, Eades Consulting Group
  • Chris Fry - Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Business Australia
  • Karen Milward - Director, Karen Milward Consulting Services
  • Estelle Olstein - Diversity Manager, Woolworths Limited
  • Trevor Pearce - Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Foundation
  • Mark Stone - Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce
  • Bob Waite - Chief Executive Officer, Darebin Enterprise Centre Limited
  • Natalie Walker - Chief Executive Officer, Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council


Victorian Aboriginal Economic Development Group Report

The Victorian Aboriginal Economic Development Group Report recommendations give priority to:

  • Creating real pathways from school to further education, training or work.
  • Preparation for work, finding a job and support in the workplace.
  • Growing Aboriginal businesses, particularly in tourism.
  • Building wealth from the land.
  • Creating leadership skills and support from mentors.

The Group was a mix of 13 high-profile members of the Aboriginal, not-for-profit and business communities that was formed in 2008 to make recommendations on ways to close the economic gap for Aboriginal Victorians.

Read the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Development Group's report:



Last updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015