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The AEMEE National Resource Sector Awards presentation will highlight the success of Indigenous businesses that service and support the resource sector in Australia and other businesses that support Indigenous business development and Indigenous employment through strong leadership, good management, effective partnerships and bold and innovative thinking.


The Mining and Resource Sector is the largest private sector employer of Indigenous Australians and a long history exists between these parties, which have led to this success. The resource sector is clearly a big spender in this space with over $10 billion worth of investment over the past 10 years. 


In this sector there are a number of stories of Indigenous businesses doing well on the back of this huge investment and there are a number of great stories from resource companies that have supported and developed very successful Indigenous economic and employment development programs. 


AEMEE developed these awards to recognise the contribution of the resource sector and the Indigenous businesses that have succeeded in this space. 


AEMEE officially and successfully launched the National Resource Sector Awards in 2018 and is now calling for 2019 nominations in 4 major categories; 


2019 New Indigenous Business of the Year: 

This award recognises an Indigenous Start up Business (i.e.< 3 years in operation) that has successfully brought their business idea to realisation, introduced their services to the resource sector and can demonstrate the potential for significant sustainable growth into the future.

Must be an Indigenous owned (51%) business in operation for at least one year as at January 1st 2019. The two 2019 New Indigenous Business of the Year finalists will receive an Indigenous Business Registration Ticket, return flight and accommodation for one Business representative. An initiative proudly sponsored by Indigenous Business Australia and AEMEE.  

2019 Resource Sector Business of the Year:

This award recognises a Resource Sector Business that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to providing opportunities for economic development and a true market share for Indigenous Australians. This can be demonstrated through engagement with Indigenous business; through it’s supply chain alongside the commitment to community engagement

2019 Indigenous Business of the Year:

This award acknowledges an Indigenous Business that demonstrates outstanding success in the areas of, Economic growth, Management, Marketing, Customer Service, Innovation, Business Exposure, Community Engagement and Years of Operation with the potential for significant sustainable growth into the future. ​It is acknowledged that businesses range in size and the diversification of their activities.  The judging panel at their discretion will have the option of selecting up to four finalists and two winners to take account of those differences. Must be an Indigenous owned business in operation for at least four years as at January 1st 2019.​

2019 Joint Venture Business of the Year:

This award acknowledges a Joint Venture business thatdemonstrates outstanding success in the areas of, Economic development and growth, management, marketing, customer service, innovation, business exposure, community engagement through it’s supply chain procurement and years of operation with the potential for significant sustainable growth into the future with a strategy to build the capability and skills of the Indigenous Business partner.  Must be an Indigenous owned business in operation for at least 2 years as at January 1st 2019.​ The Joint Venture must be able to demonstrate at least 50% Indigenous control of the Joint Venture and Indigenous involvement in the management of the Joint Venture. 

2019 Resource Sector Collaboration of the Year:

The Resource Sector Collaboration Award recognises outstanding collaboration between a Mining Company or Industry body and at least one Indigenous business or organisation, resulting in the implementation of projects that strengthen the economic, social or cultural capacity of Indigenous peoples and their community in ways that are measurable and can be expected to have enduring benefit, sustainable beyond the life of the resource operation.   The winning collaboration will represent an example of excellence in social responsibility which raises the bar on what can be achieved in the sector.

The awards will be presented at the 15th Annual AEMEE Conference, in Darwin, The Northern Territory, on the 5th and 6th of September 2019.  

The presentations will be a celebration and recognition of the hard work and dedication required by businesses succeeding in the Mining and Resource Sector. The nominees will be showcased at the Annual AEMEE Conference Dinner. This exclusive event brings together AEMEE conference delegates, keynote speakers, officials, AEMEE board members, government representatives and businesses.

Guests will enjoy dinner, drinks and entertainment, along with an opportunity to network with attendees who will take part in the evening.  The conference dinner is a night of recognition for all awards nominees and finalists; the high point of the evening will undeniably be the announcement of the winners in each of the categories.


The AEMEE Board encourages you to nominate your business for the 2019 AEMEE National Resource Sector Awards!

Award Prizes

Category​​ award finalists / winner:


  • Finalist certificate

  • (Digital) Photographs from presentation evening

  • Personalised ‘finalist’ email footer and website banner

  • Permission to display the AEMEE National Mining and Resource Sector Award Finalist on your marketing material

  • Social media and Website recognition

Category award winners:


  • Two tickets to the 2020 Annual AEMEE Conference*(*excluding air-fares and accommodation)​​

  • Personalised trophy 

  • Opportunity for 2-minute acceptance address 

  • Personalised ‘winner’ email footer and website banner 

  • Photographs from presentation evening

  • Permission to display the AEMEE National Resource Sector Award Winner on your marketing material 

  • AEMEE Social media and Website recognition for 12 months 

The Judging Process:


The voluntary independent highly experienced judging panel will include representatives from sponsoring organisations, industry peers, representatives from Indigenous business and the resource sector. 


Finalists for each award category will be selected and notified approximately eight weeks before the awards presentation. The category winners will be announced at the awards presentation held in Darwin, The Northern Territory on the 6th of September 2019.

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