The agricultural businesses, largely focused on beef cattle production, are operated by NIPE, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the ILC. Indigenous people represent 75% of the total workforce on the 14 agricultural businesses which support a herd of around 90,000 cattle.
Locations of ILC Agricultural Businesses - A4 map
NIPE has its own Board which currently comprises Mr Bruce Martin (Chair), Mr John Maher (ILC CEO and ex-Officio Director), and Mr Kim Bridge (Independent Director). Mr Craig North is the CEO of NIPE.
NIPE operates 14 agricultural businesses on land either currently owned by the ILC or leased from Indigenous land owners where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations have sought the ILC’s assistance with enterprise development, reflecting priorities set out in the National Indigenous Land Strategy.
By operating agricultural businesses in rural and remote areas, NIPE assists Indigenous landholders to increase economic development and employment opportunities for themselves and future generations by providing on-the-job training opportunities in pastoral activities and natural resource management that leads to Indigenous employment.
The NIPE Board sets the policy and direction of the agricultural businesses through its strategic plan, National Indigenous Pastoral Enterprises Agribusiness Strategy 2014-17
The NIPE Board considers that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly in rural and remote Australia, are an important workforce. Under the Our Land Our Jobs (OLOJ) initiative
, the agricultural businesses offer Indigenous people enterprise-based training with a guaranteed job offer for all graduates.
Successful commercial enterprises
All NIPE-operated businesses function as commercial enterprises, following sound business principles. The businesses
- assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land owners to bring their land back into production;
- create sustainable Indigenous enterprises, and
- develop the capacity of Indigenous land owners, including assisting in the divestment process where the property is held by the ILC
NIPE-operated businesses have been integrated in WA, the NT and QLD to enhance business efficiencies and improve profitability. Importantly, this enhances workplace experiences for trainees who are offered placements in a wider variety of pastoral operations.
|Commercial operations on ILC-leased properties:
- Bulimba, QLD
- Cardabia, WA
- Gunbalanya Station, NT
- Gunbalanya Meats, NT
- Warrigundu & Strangways, NT
- Roebuck Plains Station, WA
- Roebuck Export Depot, WA
|Commercial operations on ILC-held properties:
- Banana Aggregation Properties (Mindanao, Somerset, Tiamby), QLD
- Crocodile and Welcome Stations, QLD
- Merepah Station, QLD
- Mimosa Station, QLD
- Myroodah Luluigui Station, WA
- Murrayfield Station, TAS
- Banka Banka West, NT
The ILC is committed to sound land and environmental management practices through valuing human, animal and environmental health. The ILC prioritises animal welfare on ILC-operated agricultural properties and by supporting initiatives on other Indigenous-held land that involve good animal welfare practices along the entire production and supply chain.
The ILC continually monitors and revises its animal welfare policy and practices through
- recruitment, induction and regular training of experienced Property Managers
- engagement with key industry bodies such as Meat and Livestock Australia, the Rural Industries and Development Corporation, Australian Animal Health Council and relevant state and local authorities, and
- internal assurance activities such as property inspections, audits and continual accreditation and certification.