2024 State Finalists - Indigenous Excellence

Indigenous businesses, leading the way

Get to know the Indigenous-led, owned and operated businesses that succeeded through entrepreneurialism, innovation and inspiring the next generation of all Australians in 2024.

Indigenous Excellence Finalists by state

New South Wales

ASH Group Holdings

NSW Finalist

ASH Group Holdings is an Indigenous owned and operated building, construction and maintenance company that specialises in providing social and affordable housing solutions for vulnerable communities. 

ASH Group Holdings prides itself on its exceptional ability to engage with the communities it serves in.


NSW Finalist

DeadlyScience is a not for profit Indigenous charity working to empower Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students in regional and remote schools. 

It aims to help students discover science, technology, engineering and maths pathways through innovative education programs delivered online and face to face.  

Eather Group

NSW Finalist

Eather Group is an Indigenous family business offering sustainable solutions to traditional issues in the civil, construction and waste-to-resource industries. 

Its vision is to create a circular economy in the infrastructure sector, sourcing, transporting and re-purposing material for projects, to care for our country while developing workforce equity and diversity.

Evolve Communities

NSW Finalist

Led by Co-Directors Carla Rogers and Aunty Munya Andrews, Evolve Communities is a trusted provider of cultural awareness training and allyship accreditation. 

Whether in person or online, Evolve Communities core programs are facilitated by an Indigenous and non-Indigenous team, modelling allyship.

JY Australia

NSW Finalist

JY Australia is an Indigenous owned professional services and management consultancy that provides solutions and services to government, defence and industry. 

JY Australia is committed to the employment of Indigenous professionals and strives to increase Indigenous development, expertise, and representation at all levels of JY Australia.

Northern Territory

Aboriginal Sea Company

NT Finalist

Established in 2022, Aboriginal Sea Company gives Indigenous people and Traditional Owners an opportunity to grow First Nations-controlled marine and seafood industry related businesses. 

The Aboriginal Sea Company makes investments in the seafood and maritime industries to create social outcomes for Aboriginal people, including training, employment and small-scale enterprise development.

Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP)

NT Finalist

Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP) is an Aboriginal controlled not-for-profit organisation based in the Northern Territory. 

Aimed at empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs, ELP offers tailored on-Country business support through its incubation and mentoring programs. 

Kings Narrative

NT Finalist

Kings Narrative is an Aboriginal-owned and operated social enterprise that delivers culturally appropriate counselling and coaching. 

It runs a range of cultural immersion programs including bush medicine workshops, leadership programs, a mobile barber shop and men's wellbeing camps all aimed at healing and rebuilding. 


Australian Training Works Group

QLD Finalist

Australian Training Works Group is founded by Gunggandji men, Tony and Ashley Martens. 

The business is passionate about providing meaningful skills development and employment opportunities for First Nations Peoples, with a strong focus on providing tailored solutions for Indigenous training and employment outcomes. 

Complete Business Solutions

QLD Finalist

Complete Business Solutions provides mentoring and business advice to start-ups, SMEs, and corporations. 

Founded by Indigenous Australian Petina Tieman, the business is committed to equipping Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islanders and Papua New Guineans with the skills to transition from welfare dependency to successful business owners.

South Australia

Bungala Food Service

SA Finalist

Bungala Food Service is a meal delivery service created to provide employment opportunities for the local Aboriginal women of Port Augusta. 

The team provides Aboriginal women with traineeships to achieve their Certificate II in Kitchen Operation – resulting in stable employment and a supportive working environment. 


Barpa Construction Services

VIC Finalist

Formed in 2014 by the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations and Icon, Barpa Construction Services is a proud and dynamic commercial construction company seeking to empower Indigenous people and enterprise. 

Its team has extensive experience constructing commercial buildings, manufacturing facilities, retail outlets, educational facilities, hospitals, and sports/recreation facilities.

Foundations Family Day Care

VIC Finalist

Foundations Family Day Care is a First Nations family-owned and operated service, that prides itself on supporting and encouraging children to be themselves, to belong to their family and community, and to chase after their dreams.

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