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), 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.
 

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.

Profiles

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

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Biodiversity

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

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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.
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. 
Contact NIPE

Contact NIPE

(07) 3854 4600
(07) 3056 3394

GPO Box 5212
Brisbane QLD 4001