Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiative (ABAI)

Funded by the NSW Government, this initiative provides business advisory services to Aboriginal people and Aboriginal business owners.

Illawarra ITeC’s ABAI program supports Aboriginal owned start-ups and existing businesses by encouraging business expansion and providing access to training and job creation.

About the initiative

This initiative replaces the longstanding Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer (AEDO) program and has been refreshed to ensure the delivery of a commercially focused business advisory initiative that includes support for existing Aboriginal owned and operated businesses to grow and diversify their business.

    ABAI Objectives

    The Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiative supports Aboriginal owned businesses by; building capacity through greater connectivity to NSW Government Procurement, supporting business start-up, encouraging business expansion and providing access to training and job creation.

    The Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiative achieves these objectives by:

    • Providing local and culturally appropriate business coaching and advice to start-ups and small to medium enterprises;
    • Promoting business growth through relevant training, increased confidence and advice on innovative approaches;
    • Providing a professional referral pathway to wrap around support services;
    • Increased alignment and connectivity to broader Government initiatives; and
    • Increased involvement of Aboriginal owned businesses in NSW Government projects
      Who is ITeC's ABAI Representative

      Richard Davis Illawarra ITeC’s ABAI representative is a Community Elder and has been supporting Aboriginal people establish small businesses in the area for 20 years. With a wealth of business knowledge, Richard is committed to encouraging an entrepreneurial culture within the Aboriginal community.

        Want more information about the ABAI Services ITeC offer?

        If you would like to learn more about Illawarra ITeC’s ABAI services and how to get started, receive more details, enquire about eligibility or receive more information in order to determine if this service is for you contact us via the learn more button and ITeC will get in touch with you and supply the information you require.

        Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiative

        Funded by the NSW Government, this initiative provides business advisory services to Aboriginal people and Aboriginal business owners. Click the link below to visit the NSW Government ABAI site.