Indigenous entrepreneurs in Australia: past, present, and future

Bella L. Galperin, Meena Chavan, Salut Muhidin

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In the last decade, Indigenous enterprises and entrepreneurs have played an increasingly important role in Australia. This has not always been the case. Historically, Indigenous Australians have been excluded from the broader economy. However, more recently, the number of Indigenous businesses has significantly increased despite the limited access to capital and lower level of education. This chapter provides a historical perspective of Indigenous entrepreneurs in Australia and argues that entrepreneurial leadership development can play a critical role in developing Indigenous entrepreneurship. The historical context of Indigenous Australians is first discussed, and the current status of Indigenous entrepreneurs in Australia is then examined. In particular, we focus on entrepreneurship among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Finally, the importance of entrepreneurial leadership development in the future landscape of Indigenous entrepreneurship in Australia is highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClan and tribal perspectives on social, economic and environmental sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationIndigenous stories from around the globe
EditorsJames C. Spee, Adela McMurray, Mark McMillan
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Insight
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781789733655, 9781789733679
ISBN (Print)9781789733662
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Indigenous
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Australia
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Future landscape
  • Historical perspective


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