Business Toolkit for Indigenous Women


The Business Toolkit for Indigenous Women aims to inform and inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in their aspirations to be successful business women.  Released in 2010, the Toolkit was produced following a recommendation from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Gathering (NATSIWG).

If you are thinking about getting started, or are already up and running in business, this Toolkit provides information to assist you. Throughout the Toolkit, six Indigenous women share their experiences and tips on how to get started, balance family and community obligations, manage the many demands of business life, and when and where to get help.

The Toolkit consists of a series of fact sheets covering a range of topics for consideration in setting up and running a business.  These include:

  • Issues for Self-employed Indigenous Women
  • How to Get Started
  • Support and Mentoring Programs
  • Australian Business Number Registration
  • Business Names
  • Doing e Business
  • Business Structures
  • Business Planning
  • Insurance
  • Keeping Records
  • Intellectual Property
  • Marketing and Networking
  • Money Business
  • Legal Advice
  • How Do You Grow Your Business?
  • Cash Flow
  • Exporting

Six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women kindly agreed to contribute their experiences on these topics and their comments are included in each fact sheet. 

  • Ms Terri Janke: Sydney based solicitor and author
  • Dr Anita Heiss: Sydney based author, poet and social commentator
  • Ms Rayleen Brown: Alice Springs based chef who runs Kungkas Can Cook catering service
  • Ms Kim Smith: owner of rural NSW based online quilting store
  • Ms Suzanne Thompson: Queensland based director of three companies providing cultural services and products
  • Ms Sharon Williams: owner of Sydney based cultural products and services provider Thulli Dreaming

The Toolkit also provides an extensive guide to other resources available across Australia for Indigenous women in business.

Ms Robynne Quiggin, founder of Vincent-Quiggin Legal & Consulting Services, led the development of the Toolkit.  Robynne descended from the Wiradjuri people of central western New South Wales.

A copy of the Business Toolkit for Indigenous Women is available to download.


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