Exploring the Boundless Possible in Aboriginal economic development


The 9th Aboriginal Economic Development Forum was held in Darwin on 7 and 8 November 2019, bringing together 350 delegates from Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal businesses, organisations and government.

More than 50% of delegates identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and 43 Aboriginal businesses and organisations showcased their products and services, participating in the business marketplace hosted by the NT Indigenous Business Network and Supply Nation.

The atmosphere was positive as attendees connected over networking events and at the marketplace booths where they shared business offerings and capabilities with one another. The information sessions and breakout rooms sparked discussion on the challenges and future opportunities for Aboriginal business in the NT and how we can support each other in business. Topics such as strategic partnerships, innovation, the global economy and procurement were amongst the topics covered.

The speaker line-up included Johnathan Thurston AM, Managing Director of the Johnathan Thurston Academy, who shared his own business story and was certainly a highlight of the forum, with many delegates snagging a picture.

The bi-annual event continues to showcase the NT’s strong community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in business and we thank all our sponsors who continue to make this event possible.

Richard Fejo and Johnathon Thurston presenting at AEDF
Caption: Richard Fejo from Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation on the couch with Johnathon Thurston.

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