RARE Projects

CDEP - Indigenous Social Ventures

The Department of Family, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has engaged Innovation and Enterprise Outreach staff to identify appropriate indigenous social ventures that would benefit from student action-research and engagement. From June 2011, the RARE Coordinator visited indigenous remote and rural communities across Australia, working with the community, local CDEP (Community Development and Employment Program) providers and FaHCSIA to establish opportunities for student engagements that facilitate two-way learning, and community enterprise development.

In 2012 selected postgraduate business students will work with five CDEP-Indigenous Social Ventures to develop their businesses. This will include a visit to the community and completion of an action-research project.

Supported Accommodation - Northern Territory, Darwin

DRIACDEP (Darwin Regional Indigenous Advancement & CDEP Inc.) have a long history of delivering successful, innovative programs and projects that provide training and employment opportunities to the numerous indigenous communities in the region. The Ironbark Indigenous Accommodation Complex project aims to provide supported accommodation for indigenous people travelling from their communities to partake in training, internships or employment in Darwin. Three self-contained demountable cabins will be constructed by indigenous trainees, and a Caretaker/Support Worker will be employed to manage the facility and provide holistic support to its users. RARE students engaged with DRIACDEP will be conducting a feasibility study of the opportunities for such supported accommodation and demountable construction in the region.The project will require examination of markets, competitors, pricing, governance, logistics, capacity building, and business partnerships and alliances, amongst others. The study will also examine the venture’s integration into DRIACDE's existing operations, and how to maximise its community development and engagement impact. Students will have the opportunity to fly to Darwin to meet with key stakeholders, experience the social venture’s day-to-day operations and ensure their project stays aligned with the real contextual challenges and influences.

Youth hub and online learning centre - South Australia, Ceduna

Demographically youth represent over 40.6% of the Ceduna population. A high proportion of these individuals have disengaged from school, training and employment servicing because of the lack of appropriate coordination and referral programs.

Tjutjunaku Worka Tjuta Inc. is developing a youth hub and online learning centre in Ceduna to address the high levels of youth disengagement. The youth hub will provide a coordinated offering of training and employment services and referral programs, working with a range of youth service providers. The benefits include greater visibility of and accessibility to these services, and the coordination of the regions youth programs enabling a more holistic and far reaching engagement.

RARE Students will be involved in the venture's business development and planning for its long term viability. Collaboration with Tjutjunaku Worka Tjuta Inc, and other key stakeholders and community users is essential to this project, and students will spend a week or two engaging with the community and venture partners.

Rabbit Meat Harvesting - Western Australia, Tjuntjuntjara community

The Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation, in the Tjuntjuntjara Community, identified an opportunity for a rabbit meat harvesting enterprise. It will supply the local community with a healthy food source, with the potential to expand regionally once capacity has developed. Local sourcing and production overcomes logistical costs, and provides the community-owned enterprise with a revenue stream. It is an all inclusive activity that encourages collective participation of people on country, helping to strengthen both community relationships and knowledge, and economic activity and awareness.

RARE students will support the staged development of culturally appropriate business management systems and structures. Project focus areas include developing risk assessment and evaluation models, supply chain analysis, scoping opportunities to increase revenue, governance, production efficiencies, marketing strategies, and many more. It is also an opportunity to engage with Australia’s indigenous people, and experience how remote Australia can get!

Laundromat - New South Wales, Walgett

Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation (MPREC) is a not-for-profit organisation servicing indigenous communities in the whole of Western NSW, from the Victoria to Queensland borders. There are 16 communities in this region, many of which are critically disadvantaged by remoteness. MPREC's social venture is a Laundromat in Walgett. The venture will provide a real business environment for training and capacity building while providing the community with their own sustainable enterprise to run and manage. The Laundromat will be servicing both the public and commercial markets, and is one of many MPREC initiatives.

RARE students will develop a proposal for the laundromat's staged development, paying particular attention to marketing and branding, opportunities for sustainable revenue streams, and its integration into MPREC's other programs and activities.

Coffin Manufacture and Design - Northern Territory, Tennant Creek (Ali Curung)

The Ali Curung community is 380 km northeast of Alice Springs, and is home to four main Aboriginal tribal groups; Warlpiri, Warumungu, Kaiditch and Alyawarra. Barkly Shire Council is supporting the development of a community business in coffin manufacturing that will employ and train local residents. The coffins are decorated in traditional Aboriginal totems, design and the Aboriginal flag making them culturally attractive, and appealing to other communities.

RARE students will engage with the Ali Curung community, representatives from Barkly Shire Council, and multiple other stakeholders to support the social ventures development and planning for sustainable operation.