2023 State Finalists - Indigenous Excellence

Indigenous changemakers

Get to know the Indigenous-led, owned and operated businesses that succeeded through entrepreneurialism, innovation and inspired future generations in 2023.

Indigenous Excellence Finalists by state

Australian Capital Territory

C&C Painting Group

ACT Finalist

C&C Painting Group is a painting and decorating company based in Canberra, servicing both the residential and commercial industry. The team's vision is to become Canberra's leading quality repaint and revamp specialists through creating beautiful homes or building transformations for their clients.

Evolve FM

ACT Winner

Evolve FM delivers integrated facility management services for both public and private sector businesses. With Indigenous heritage founders, the business is one of the only Indigenous majority-owned full service facilities management companies in Australia.


New South Wales

Blackfisch Films

NSW Finalist

Blackfisch is a First Nations majority owned and operated production company, which focuses on the craft of storytelling, entertainment, technology, communication, and marketing. Its team of skilled Producers, Directors, Strategists, Communicators and Designers offers full creative production services from scripted commercials to long-form documentaries.

Chocolate On Purpose

NSW Finalist

Chocolate On Purpose is Australia’s first Indigenous chocolate company that blends gourmet, premium chocolate with native botanicals. Its mission is to build an Indigenous-led and owned supply chain to increase the participation of Indigenous representation in the Australian native food and botanical industry.


NSW Winner

Indigeco is a labour hire and recruitment service committed to empowering Aboriginal and disadvantaged people connect with meaningful employment and career pathways. Indigeco’s team is dedicated to improving employment opportunities and encouraging inclusive workforce development into mainstream recruitment.


NSW Finalist

Kristal Kinsela works closely with corporate and government leaders to articulate their diversity vision, change organisational culture, develop procurement policies, action their plans and connect with talented Indigenous businesses. From consultancy and workshopping to coaching and individual training, its mission is to connect people and move them into action.


NSW Finalist

The Native Secrets Group manufactures and sells natural skin care products and essential oils. Proudly Indigenous owned and Supply Nation certified, they extract bioactive ingredients from wild-harvested Australian natives and transforms them into high quality natural skincare products.


Bilbie Virtual Labs

QLD Finalist

Bilbie Virtual Labs is an Australian First Nations social impact cultural design company with a mission to design immersive, interconnected multiuser virtual heritage simulation covering more than 50 cities and regional towns across Australia. Founder, Brett Leavy has over 30 years' experience leading and supervising diverse teams in software development and research.

Hillery Group

QLD Winner

Hillery Group is an Indigenous family-owned business founded in 1976. Today, the business is led by next generation, Luke and Liam Hillery. They operate five quarries and provide quarry products, landscaping supplies and plant hire.

iCutter Industries

QLD Finalist

iCutter Industries is an Australian owned and operated Indigenous business servicing the drill and blast mining sector on the East Coast of Australia from their base in Mackay, Queensland. With more than 30 years of combined experience, the team also consult, advise and provide training to ensure their clients maximise productivity, safety and sustainability on their sites.

Murawin Pty Ltd

QLD Finalist

Murawin is a highly experienced and accredited consultancy, owned and operated by First Nations people. They're dedicated to creating impact by breaking cycles of disadvantage and amplifying initiatives that contribute to improved futures for Indigenous Australians and other marginalised groups. With staff operating nationally, each team member brings unique strengths to their projects, clients and communities.


QLD Finalist

Founded by Gudanji artist, Ryhia Dank, Nardurna tells stories through artwork. Nardurna means woman in Gudanji language, and the business acknowledges the role of women in Gudanji communities. The designs and artwork created by Ryhia celebrate the place of storying across communities and the ways they are connected to each other and the country.

Royal Black Transfers & Tours

QLD Finalist

Royal Black Transfers & Tours is an Aboriginal owned and operated family business founded in 2017 in Brisbane. They provide efficient, comfortable, corporate, and leisure transport solutions in the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and greater Queensland areas for people of all backgrounds and cultures.

South Australia

Ganbara Facility Services

SA Finalist

Ganbara Facility Services is an Indigenous facility services company committed to providing high quality, integrated facility management, and cleaning services to clients in the public and private sector across all regions of Australia. Ever since its inception in 2016, Ganbara has always been an organisation driven by the pursuit of service excellence.

Print Junction

SA Winner

Print Junction is a print supplier that provides digital, offset and wide format print solutions, along with creative design and artwork services. Founded in 1996, the business has an experienced graphic design and pre-press team, with fully equipped offset and digital printing, in-house binding and finishing.

Rainy Day Recruitment

SA Finalist

Rainy Day Recruitment is a specialist recruiting and advisory business, promoting employment across STEM, Professional Services and Government roles in South Australia. Director, Kristi McMillan and her team make recruitment easy by matching their services to the specific needs of customers.

Western Australia


WA Finalist

IPS Management Consultants provide innovative and focused consulting services to clients from government departments and corporates, to local businesses around Australia. The team is made up of strong directors and experienced project managers with diverse skills who are committed to navigating client requirements. They embrace opportunities to create meaningful pathways for Indigenous communities and businesses.

Olive Branch Enterprise

WA Finalist

Olive Branch Enterprise is an Aboriginal owned business that celebrates all that means to be Indigenous. It aims to eradicate, eliminate or reduce a range of areas of concern within the Aboriginal community. The family owned and operated team is passionate about seeing Indigenous businesses and community thrive. It aims to challenge the status quo in order to deliver services, products and training across the mining, rehabilitation and energy industry.

Winyama Digital Solutions Pty Ltd

WA Winner

Winyama is an Indigenous owned and operated business specialising in Geographic Information Systems and Cloud solutions. The business works with commercial, public sector and First Nations organisations to create digital solutions that optimises the management of the Indigenous land estate in Australia.

Yalagan Imprint

WA Finalist

Yalagan Imprint aim to leave a mark on its clients through its team of print and design experts who leverage progressive processes, products and technology to deliver a wide range of high-quality printing, design and marketing solutions to clients across the country.

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