The ILC's agricultural businesses offer economic, training and employment opportunities for Indigenous people in the pastoral industry. The businesses are operated by National Indigenous Pastoral Enterprises Pty Ltd, one of the ILC's wholly-owned subsidiaries.

Indigenous agriculture

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), Ms Lisa Gay (Deputy ILC Chair and Independent Director), Mr John Maher (ILC CEO and ex-Officio Director), Ms Anne De Salis (Independent Director), Mr Mike Stephens Deputy Chair (Independent Director) and Mr Kim Bridge (Independent Director). Mr Craig North is the CEO of NIPE and Mr Garry Cook is General Manager.

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.

Untapped workforce

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

Animal welfare

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.


Through NIPE, the ILC's 14 agricultural businesses offer employment and accredited training programs for Indigenous people aiming to enter the pastoral industry.



NIPE businesses operate in a diverse range of ecosystems and works to manage its environmental impact.


NIPE Board Members

Mr Bruce Martin - NIPE Chair

Mr Bruce Martin - NIPE Chair

Indigenous Land Corporation Director

Mr Bruce Martin is a Wik Ngathan man from the community of Aurukun on Western Cape York Peninsula. Bruce has 10 years’ experience in the community development sector, the last six years with a particular focus on Cape York.
He has worked for the Cape York Land Council, the Wuchopperen Aboriginal Medical Service, the Queensland Department of Families in Cairns and the Aurukun Shire Council.
Mr Martin is President of the Cape York Peninsula Live Export Group, a member of Regional Development Australia  Far North Queensland and Torres Strait and a Director of Aak Puul Ngantam (APN) Cape York.
Mr John Maher

Mr John Maher

Ex-Officio Director

Mr Maher is CEO of the ILC Group and Ex-Officio Director on the ILC's wholly-owned subsidiaries. 

Mr Maher commenced with the ILC on 1 June 2016. Until then, Mr Maher was Cheif Executive of the Livestock Biosecurity Network. He previously led rural services company Ruralco Holdings Ltd for nine years as Managing Director and Chief Executive. Ruralco was one of the fastest growing and highest returning agribusinesses in Mr Maher's time there, expanding its market capitalisation to $300m. Before Ruralco, Mr Maher was an executive at Wesfarmers Ltd for 10 years.

He has an honours decgree in Agricultural Scence from The University of Sydney and an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management. He studied global agribusiness at Harvard Business School, completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD Business School in France. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Mr Maher has served on a number of boards and industry organisations including Landmark, Agfarm, LiveCorp, AuctionsPlus, and Autism Awareness Australia.
Ms Anne De Salis

Ms Anne De Salis

NIPE Director (Independent)

Ms Anne De Salis has more than 18 years of experience as a non-executive director with private company, government and not-for-profit boards, including more than 10 years on the TAFE NSW Board.  She has a detailed understanding of governance, financial and regulatory issues as well as developing successful business strategies and high performing teams.

During her career, she has held senior executive and leadership positions in the Commonwealth Treasury and the Office of Prime Minister Keating, and with AMP Ltd and MBF Pty Ltd. She has extensive experience in government, policy making, stakeholder management, training issues and financial services.

Currently, Ms De Salis is a director of ME Bank Ltd, a small private bank owned by the Industry Super Funds.  As a member of Chief Executive Women and a coach with Executive Coaching International, she supports young women executives and aspiring board directors through her coaching portfolio.
Ms Lisa Gay

Ms Lisa Gay

NIPE Director (ILC Deputy-Chair)

Ms Lisa Gay is the Chairperson of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission’s Markets Disciplinary Panel which hears disciplinary matters against market participants for breaches of the Market Integrity Rules. She is the Deputy Chair of the ILC and also the Chair of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, a fully-owned subsidiary of the ILC. 

Ms Gay's other current positions are Member of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria and Non-Executive Director of Koda Capital.
Mr Mike Stephens

Mr Mike Stephens

NIPE Director (Independent)

Mr Mike Stephens is a Director of Meridian Agriculture, formally Mike Stephens and Associates which is a broad based agricultural consulting company providing advice, training and services to farmers, agribusiness and government.

Mr Stephens spent 15 years as the part-time Executive Officer of the Beef Improvement Association of Australia, is currently a Director of Working With People, Chairman of the Churchill Trust Victorian Primary Industry Selection Committee and a past Chairman of BRACE, a Ballarat community-based education and training organization. He is involved in many community and agricultural activities and is well known in rural circles for his broadcasting and writing. He was an inaugural director of Farm Management 500.

In 1993 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and studied Farm Business Management in the UK, New Zealand and France. In 1998 he was awarded the inaugural Marcus Oldham College Excellence in Agriculture Award.
Mr Kim Bridge

Mr Kim Bridge

NIPE Director (Independent)

Mr Kim Bridge was born and raised in the East Kimberley and has lived and worked extensively in regional areas of WA, NT, and Qld. He has a lifetime of experience in training and facilitation. He has been at the forefront of human and behavior change since the outset of his career in 1984.

Mr Bridge has more than 20 years experience working in the buseiness and economic environment, particularly with Indigenous Australians, both at an individual and community level. His strength is in understanding the complexities of social and economic development in developing communities and facilitating a coordinated response to sustainable change.

Kim sits on various boards, including Curtain University Council, Transfield Services Indigenous Advisory Board, and Reconciliation Western Australia. Previously, Kim was on the board at the Western Australian Tourism Commission.