The ILC's agricultural businesses offer economic, training and employment opportunities for Indigenous people in the pastoral industry. The businesses are operated by Australian Indigenous Agribusiness Company Pty Ltd (AIA), one of the ILC's wholly-owned subsidiaries.

Indigenous agriculture

Location of AIA operated businesses

The agricultural businesses, largely focused on beef cattle production, are operated by AIA, 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.
AIA 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 AIA.

AIA 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, AIA 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 AIA Board sets the policy and direction of the agricultural businesses through its strategic plan, Australian Indigenous Agribusiness Company Agribusiness Strategy 2017-21.

Untapped workforce

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



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


AIA Board Members

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 Chief 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 degree in Agricultural Science 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 Trish Crossin

Ms Trish Crossin

Ms Trish Crossin is a former Senator in the Federal Parliament of Australia. She was the first woman to represent the Northern Territory and was elected in 1998 for 15 years.

She was Chair of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee for six years and Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. She was a Member of the Joint Statutory Committee for Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account for eight years and a Member of the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee for seven years. Trish also held the position of Deputy Whip and Chair of the Federal Caucus Committee on the Status of Women for 10 years.

Ms Crossin is a current Director and former President of Netball NT and Chair of the Mawul Rom Course Advisory Committee at Charles Darwin University.

Ms Crossin is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Education.
Her previous Board memberships include:
  • Member, Beyond Blue Consultative Committee Way Back Support Program (2012-2013)
  • Director/Vice President, Asthma Foundation NT (2006-2014)
  • Founding Chairperson, NT Working Women’s Centre (1994-98)
  • Secretary, NT Aids and Hepatitis Council (2011-2013)
  • Director, NT Institute of TAFE  (1991-1997)
Contact AIA

Contact AIA

(07) 3854 4600
(07) 3056 3394

GPO Box 5212
Brisbane QLD 4001