Strong Women. Strong Business

by Indigenous Business Australia



180 Indigenous female business owners and entrepreneurs attended the Inaugural IBA Strong Women Strong Business Conference.

Project implemented: May 2018

Project goal

Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making

delivering on

why is this project important?

Indigenous female entrepreneurs are underrepresented in Australia; research indicates many lack confidence and networks.

Key steps to make it happen

1Conduct national research

Develop survey around the needs and challenges of Indigenous women entrepreneurs followed by regional/remote consultations

2Establish working group

Analysis of research results and development of product or service in response to gaps and needs

3Planning of Conference

Contracting an events coordinator, engaging a panel of speakers, promotion of event, registrations, travel and accommodation

4Seeking Feedback

Development of survey seeking feedback from participants and establishment of a Facebook group to maintain networks

5Further support

Development of a digital platform for Indigenous women interested in business start-up or in a transition or growth phase nee


Delivered a two day conference with 180 participants in Adelaide.

impact to date

Support and mentoring for the 180 participants who attended the conference

Conference was the first of its kind in Australia

Positive impact on the confidence of women who attended the conference

Highlighted female role models in various industries

Indigenous business women unanimously called for an opportunity to connect, network and learn from other Indigenous business women about overcoming constraints and pursuing opportunities. Research indicated that there has never been a conference specifically on business issues for Indigenous women in Australia.


Organised by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), this unique Conference featured only female speakers, MCs and presenters.


Women representing established businesses and startups, as well as women with business ideas looking to get off the ground, across many different types of businesses, and from every state and territory, were in attendance.


The women in attendance come from diverse sectors mining, construction, recruitment, IT, bush medicine, professional services, security, manufacturing, media and communications, fashion, creative industries, tourism, hospitality and more.


To date, Indigenous business women make up 34% of IBA’s customer base in the Business Solutions program.

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