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Court ruling opens up native title claims

A Federal Court ruling that was the first ever assessment of native title compensation in Australia is expected to lead to more claims by Aboriginal groups.

Shortlist for sandalwood contracts

A subsidiary of TFS Corporation and a joint venture between a Melbourne oils producer and a local indigenous business have been shortlisted for wild sandalwood oil processing contracts with the state government.

ICRG named indigenous business of the year

Welshpool-based Indigenous Construction Resource Group has been named 2016 business of the year at the Perth NAIDOC Awards.

ICRG gets new chair, owners

Western Australia's largest indigenous contractor has elected a new chairman and confirmed plans to lift both Aboriginal ownership and Aboriginal participation on its board.

Indigenous contractors targeting diversity

SPECIAL REPORT: Indigenous contractors are revising their business plans and moving into new sectors as the mining construction boom has waned.

Pilbara knowledge too important to waste

SPECIAL REPORT: For indigenous entrepreneur Blaze Kwaymullina, the Pilbara is not the remote desert that many other Australians would perceive it, but rather the crucible of Aboriginal business development in this country.

Ochre founder, iWork make connections

SPECIAL REPORT: Indigenous entrepreneur Joanne Pellew must be getting used to racking up firsts.

Mallard aims for sustained growth

SPECIAL REPORT: Having taken the opportunity provided by the mining construction boom to establish his own contracting firm, Robby Mallard is now in the process of building a diversified and sustainable business.

Aboriginal corporation defends joint venture

Western Australia's second largest Aboriginal corporation has defended a joint venture with Perth contractor Gary Johnson following claims the agreement had produced unfair profits for Mr Johnson's business.

EMC forms partnership with Eastern Guruma

Perth-based Energy Made Clean has struck a partnership deal with Aboriginal corporation Eastern Guruma for the rollout of solar power stations and solar water pumps in northern Australia.

New fund supports Aboriginal business

Social Ventures Australia has secured backing from three philanthropic foundations established by prominent businesspeople in Perth for the first venture in a new innovative local fund.

Diverse winners in indigenous awards

Mine camp operators Compass Group and Sodexo, and an Adelaide-based print business that supplies Fortescue Metals Group were among the winners in the 2016 Supply Nation supplier div

YAC old guard regains control

A long-running dispute involving the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation and Fortescue Metals Group is set to continue after YAC members re-elected a bloc of directors who had recently been replaced by a court-appointed receiver.

Meeting indigenous job targets

Training and employment schemes targeting indigenous workers are slowly gaining traction.

Sodexo sets 20% indigenous target

Mining camp operator Sodexo has pledged to create 400 new jobs for indigenous Australians after becoming the latest company to join the federal government's employment parity initiative.

New voting rules to settle YAC dispute

The Supreme Court has appointed a receiver to take charge of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation in the lead-up to a general meeting set for next month to settle a long-running dispute with a breakaway organisation backed by Fortescue Metals Group.

40under40: Fair Game plays out van Bockxmeer vision

John van Bockxmeer has been named a 40under40 finalist for his commitment to creating healthier WA communities. He has also been recognised with the Inspiring Possibilities award. 

Court rules YAC directors not valid

The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, which has been mired in years of controversy, has been referred to the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations after the Supreme Court found it did not have validly appointed directors.

Resources women leading the way

As five women and one male champion were honoured at this year's Chamber of Minerals and Energy's women in resources awards, Premier Colin Barnett declared the resources industry to have reached a mature level of growth that will likely be eclipsed by advances in the state's other sectors.

Chief executive for day at FMG, chance for life

A recent participant in Fortescue Metals Group's VTEC program has notched up another notable achievement, having slipped into the role of 'chief executive for a day' as part of the miner's unique approach to creating opportunities for Aboriginal people.

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