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What will the City focus on?

Based on the challenges identified through the City’s engagement and research work, the Plan focuses on four main themes.

Create an Economic Hub – Ensure support and capacity building for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners and prospective entrepreneurs.

Maximise Employment Outcomes – Ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can access opportunities, progress and thrive in the local economy.

Enhance Tertiary Opportunities – Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in accessing, completing and maximising the benefits of tertiary education.

Grow key sectors of the economy – Support business ownership and employment opportunities in areas such as finance and professional services, tourism, retail, creative and digital businesses.

Under each of the themes the City has identified a range of actions to work in partnership to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander economic development in Sydney.

What does success look like?

We understand that sustained prosperity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Sydney will not solely be influenced by the actions set out in this plan. A wide range of efforts from many organisations both public and private, and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, will all contribute.

Consultation with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel has revealed there are three main areas where positive change needs to be realised and measured.

These interrelated areas are control, visibility, and connection:

Control - Increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander control in areas such as ownership, leadership, and decision-making.

Visibility - Ensuring the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, employees and businesses are visible throughout Sydney, and this visibility increases over time.

Connection -Promoting and maintaining connections between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal residents, businesses and organisations.


What are the next steps for the plan?

The draft Eora Journey Economic Development Plan was endorsed by City of Sydney Council in May 2016 to go on public exhibition for eight weeks. We welcome views from all partners on the Plan, its themes, areas of focus and actions during the public exhibition period.

Following the public exhibition period we will analyse the feedback and incorporate it, where appropriate, into the Eora Journey Economic Development Plan. It will then be reported back to Council for adoption.

The Eora Journey Economic Development Plan is a dynamic 10-year plan. The actions within the plan provide commitments for how the City will undertake activity.

This plan is driven by partnership. It means working with Aboriginal organisations, other levels of government, the business community, and community members. Specific projects will be scoped and implemented in partnership on a year by year basis with a wide range of organisations and businesses to deliver against these actions over the life of the plan.

We recognise that the challenges identified through the consultation for this plan represent a snapshot in time. As the social and economic experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will continue to change and develop, this plan is intended to be flexible and evolve as the needs of local communities change.

Priorities will be assessed annually based on the outcomes achieved and as new information becomes available.