Indigenous self-employment : miracle cure or risky business? /Series: Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Policy ResearchPublication details: Canberra Australian National University, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research 1999 Description: PDFISBN: 9780731526116; 0731526112ISSN: 1036-1774Other title: Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal PolicySubject(s): Aboriginal Australians Employment | Torres Strait Islanders Business Enterprises | Self-employed | Small Business | Aboriginal Australians Business Enterprises | Disadvantaged Groups | EmploymentOnline Resources: Electronic copy
March 1999 Includes bibliography
Running a business, or otherwise being self-employed, is one avenue for economic advancement for Indigenous people. However, employing oneself or others is a complex process with many potential pitfalls. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, where globalisation and instantaneous information processing have increased the mobility of consumers and producers alike, Indigenous businesses have to be increasingly sophisticated to compete. Not only do they need to manage financial risk, but also fluctuating markets require a truly worldly outlook with adequate access to collateral and social networks. In this context it is not surprising that the Indigenous population continues to have a very low rate of business formation. This paper provides a profile of the Indigenous self-employed in Australia using data from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey and recent censuses. It uses this profile to discuss issues raised in the international literature on race, ethnicity and self-employment.