Indigenous Sector Practice

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Our purpose
To empower Indigenous prosperity

Our mission
To work with and for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to build a better working world

EY’s national Indigenous Sector Practice (ISP) intentionally and thoughtfully applies our experience and resources to work with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities – and the government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs) and corporates that support and work with them.

We have a strong focus on supporting and enabling Indigenous businesses and organisations to effectively manage, govern and deliver for their clients and communities.

We also advise corporate clients who want to include more Indigenous people and businesses in their workforces and supply chains. Our aim is to enable greater economic participation, employment and wealth creation by boosting Indigenous workforce participation, procurement and supply chain diversity.

Our view of Indigenous capability

EY does not accept the deficit view of the capability of Indigenous people. We recognise that, given the opportunity, Indigenous people are resilient and capable and will define and negotiate their participation in the economic, social and cultural life of their communities and the nation.

We acknowledge the challenges and disadvantage that Indigenous people continue to face and we take these into consideration so that collaborative and appropriate solutions can be designed and implemented.

Through our work we seek to draw out solutions that promote Indigenous empowerment to promote wellbeing, prosperity, success and intergenerational wealth creation. 

Our experience

The ISP draws on a substantial knowledge base, which comprises more than 100 years of collective Indigenous sector experience and a majority of Indigenous practitioners. EY has delivered more than 75 projects for clients in the Indigenous sector over the last five years. The ISP consults with and collaborates with Indigenous leaders, organisations and subject matter experts in delivering its services to clients.

We also collaborate closely with our Tahi Maori advisory business in New Zealand.

  • Our guiding principles
    1. Respect for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures and history
    2. Informed by Indigenous engagement, leadership and experience
    3. Relationships before transactions; delivering in partnership
    4. Purpose led; responding to Indigenous need
    5. Commercially sustainable
    6. Long-term outcomes (impact) over short-term wins