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


New Report Released:
BLPiconBenchmarking 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.



Benchmarking Leading Practice in Aboriginal Business Procurement in the Extractive Industry pdf icon 5.0Mb


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 a copy of the Gas Today-Winter 2015 magazine article pdf icon 300kb

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 interview, click here.


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).


Read the full media release 225kb


What is Happening Overseas?

Indigenous Mining Equity foundation pdf icon 290kb


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


IMEF Presentation by César de la Cruz pdf icon 530kb

New Guidelines Released:
CAPRI iconConnecting 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.



Connecting Aboriginal People
to Resource Industries (CAPRI)
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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 Relaeas, DEEWR 19 May 2011.


Click here to view the DEEWR media release


Additional related links:

'Indigenous tender rules eased' The Australia - 19 May 2011

The Indigenous Opportunity Policy (IOP)

Small Business Ideas in the Resources Sector

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


Download a copy of the Business Ideas lisiting


New Report Released:
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.


Procuring from  SMEs in Local Communities pdf icon 2.4Mb


Indigenous Economic Development Strategy

The Australian Government has released its Draft Indigenous Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan for consultation.

The Government is seeking comments  on the strategy and submissions can be provided before the 1 November 2010 either though email at ieds@fahcsia.gov.au or by writing to:


Indigenous Economic Development Branch
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services
and Indigenous Affairs
PO Box 7576
Canberra Business Centre, ACT 2610 


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For further information on the Indigenous Economic Development Strategy, please visit the wbsite http://www.indigenous.gov.au/About/Pages/IntheNews.aspx

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 www.auroraproject.com.au or enquire at your Indigenous Higher Education Unit on campus.


Community Engagement and Development Handbook

Community engagement and development are complex and challenging activities.
Companies need to be able to respond and understand social practice, changing community expectations and political contexts. In consultation with key stakeholders, the department of Resources, Energy and Tourism has produced a handbook on Community Engagement and Development. The link below takes you to the handbook which can be viewed electronically or downloaded.


Access the handbook on Resources, Energy and Tourism's website


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.


View 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.

OIDOvercoming 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.


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