Visitors to the site may find the information below, on AEMEE, and on industry topics related to AEMEE, interesting and useful.


Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) is a progressive, commercially focused organisation that promotes and encourages self-management, self-sufficiency and economic independence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Industry Capacity Network is an Australian New Zealand wide network that assists businesses to maximise the opportunities that arise from purchasing requirements for Government and the private sector.

Many Rivers Microfinance Limited (Many Rivers) is a not-for-profit organisation that supports aspiring business owners with microenterprise development support and access to finance in order to see the potential of people and communities realised.

Project Connect helps suppliers identify procurement opportunities and provides buyers with information on suppliers capacity.

Austmine is an Australian mining equipment and service export Association which promotes the expertise of its membership to the international community.

Supply Nation (formerly AIMSC, The Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council) is the Australian leader in supplier diversity, established in 2009 to connect our membership of Australia's leading brands and government with Indigenous businesses across the country.

Indigenous Business Procurement Evaluation Checklist 

Indigenous Business Procurement Evaluation Checklist is being developed to enable extractive resource companies and their major contractors to assess their commitment to and overall provision for Indigenous business procurement within their supply chain. 

In 2015, AEMEE (Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Exploration and Energy) commissioned a supply chain project focused on understanding and improving the capacity of buyer companies to successfully contract with Indigenous companies. AEMEE engaged the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), University of Queensland to undertake the first stage of works which included a report titled Benchmarking
Leading Practice in Aboriginal Business Procurement in the Extractive Resource Sector.


Download: Indigenous Procurement Evaluation Checklist Final A 2018 (pdf)


Benchmarking Leading Practice in Aboriginal Business Procurement in the Extractive Industry

The report is a result of a project between AEMEE and QGC that aims to maximize Aboriginal procurement by the extractive resource sector. 


AEMEE and QGC established their partnership based on the shared goal of enhancing Aboriginal economic participation. Through this project AEMEE and QGC seek to better understand, benchmark and promote good practice in Aboriginal business development. The overall objective is to improve Aboriginal engagement  by extractive companies and maximise Aboriginal business participation.

Download: Benchmarking Leading Practice in Aboriginal Business Procurement in the Extractive Industry

Encouraging Indigenous Employment in the Gas Industry

Gas Today - Winter 2015 magazine carries a special feature: Indigenous Community Engaement, and details AEMEE's call for the Gas Industry to take a lead role in the development of business and employment opportunities for Indigenous groups in Australia.

Download: Gas Today - Winter 2015 Magazine Article

ABC RN Breakfast Radio: Interview Derek Flucker - AEMEE Chairperson

Derek Flucker talks to ABC RN Breakfast Radio about the impact of the current downturn in the resource sector on Indigenous businesses and employment of local people – 21 April 2015.


ABC reporter Cathy Van Extel caught up with Derek Flucker, Chairperson of AEMEE and Managing Director of Indigenous mining contractor RBY Projects, to discuss big companies’ decisions to withdraw work from Indigenous contracting companies and the dire consequences for Indigenous business and employment.

To Listen to the intverview click here

Press Release

A RBY Projects / Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining Exploration and Energy (AEMEE) press release on the impact of the current downturn in the resource sector on Indigenous businesses and employment of local people – 16 April 2015.


Australian resource companies need to hold fast their commitments to support and advance Indigenous workers and their communities despite the downturn in the resources sector, according to the peak body for Indigenous businesses in the mining sector Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining Exploration and Energy (AEMEE).

Download: Read the full media release


What is Happening Overseas?

Indigenous Mining Equity Foundation. Researching and Advocating Finance Solutions to empower neglected Indigenous Communities in the Mining Sector. Presentation by César de la Cruz.

Download: IMEF Presentation by Cesar de la Cruz

Download: Indigenous Mining Equity Foundation

Connecting Aboriginal People to Resource Industries (CAPRI)

Program Guidelines 2013-2014

These guidelines are designed to assist applicants applying for funding under the Connecting Aboriginal People to Resource Industries (CAPRI) program. The guidelines set the context and provide guidance for the development, implementation and reporting of CAPRI projects.


The CAPRI program is funded and administered by the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) on an annual basis.

Download: Connecting Aboriginal People to Resource Industries

Download: Business Ideas Listing

IBA – Contracting in the Australian resource sector: Prequalifying Toolkit

This toolkit can assist your business to develop the internal processes and documentation expected of  contractors to major mining and resource companies. Click on the link below to access the Publication page of the IBA website. The Prequalifying Toolkit is available within the Booklets section.

Access the Prequalifying Toolkit on the IBA website


Another win for Indigenous Australian businesses

'New Government Procurement Rules Deliver Boost for Indigenous Businesses'
Media Release, DEEWR 19 May 2011.


Related links:

The Australian - 19 May 2011. 

'Indigenous tender rules eased'

Small Business Ideas in the Resources Sector

A listing of possible opportunities and business ideas that indigenous groups may consider within the resources sector.

Procuring from  SMEs in Local Communities: A Good Practice Guide for the Australian Mining, Oil and Gas Sectors

The value of supporting local business development is increasingly being acknowledged, but in practice it can often be difficult to bridge the gap between the capacity of local community small to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and the standardised contract requirements of major resource companies. This Good Practice Guide is designed to assist companies to overcome these barriers and more effectively integrate local SMEs into corporate supply chains. The Guide provides a range of tools and  case studies that resource companies can use to inform decisions about local supplier involvement, and implement these within the Australian context.

Preparation of the guide was jointly funded by Enterprise Connect (an agency of the Australian Government), Bechtel, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Newmont, Rio Tinto and Santos, with additional in-kind support being provided by Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Energy and Exploration (AEMEE). The guide is published through the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM)University of Queensland and  is authored by Ana Maria Esteves of Community Insights Ltd, David Brereton and Mary Anne Barclay of CSRM, and Danny Samson of the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Business.

Download: Procuring from SMEs in Local Communities

Indigenous Economic Development Strategy

The Australian Government has released its Draft Indigenous Economic Development Strategy and

Action Plan for consultation.

Download: Indigenous Economic Development Strategy - Action Plan

Download: Indigenous Economic Development Strategy - Draft for Consultation

Indigenous students’ guide to postgraduate scholarships in Australia and overseas

The Indigenous students’ guide to postgraduate scholarships in Australia and overseas is an easy-to-use guide to over 120 scholarships across a range of disciplines - architecture, the arts, business, education, engineering, government, health, humanities, IT and law.


The Guide provides comprehensive information on each scholarship – including location, financial entitlements, eligibility, selection criteria and the application process.


Personal stories from successful Indigenous postgraduates about what their studies have meant to them, along with helpful advice and tips, will help you decide whether postgraduate study is for you.

To get your copy visit or enquire at your Indigenous Higher Education Unit on campus.

IBA'S Indigenous Scholarships now open

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) announced on 3 August 2009 the opening of the first round of its Scholarship Fund. The IBA Scholarship Fund aims to provide mature age Indigenous Australians with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in business and finance through education to contribute to economic development in Indigenous communities. IBA Chair, Dr Dawn Casey stated that it is important for Indigenous Australians to set their sights on study and on bringing relevant skills back to their communities.

Download:  IBA's Indigenous Scholarships Media Release

Self-employed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, 2006

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides information on their website regarding Self-Employeed Aboriginal and Terres Strait Islander People from the 2006 Census. Characteristics analysed include age, sex, hours worked, income, industry of employment and occupation.

View the information from the ABS website

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage

Key indicators 2009

SCRGSP (Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision) 2009, Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage:
Key Indicators 2009, Productivity Commission, Canberra.


Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage 2009 is the fourth report in a series commissioned by heads of Australian governments in 2002, to provide regular reporting against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage. Download the full 64 page report using the link below.

Download:  Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage 2009