Review of the Indigenous Land Corporation and Indigenous Business Australia

Indigenous AffairsEvaluations
Monday, 17 February 2014
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

Highlights how further integration and focusing of Indigenous Business Australia and the Indigenous Land Corporation can further drive Indigenous economic development and contribute to better outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

The final report is available using the links above.

The material below was previously hosted on the website.


The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion announced the review on 2 December 2013.

Improving economic development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a key priority for the Australian Government. This review is about looking to see if improvements can be made to get better outcomes.

The review will make recommendations to Government about how improvements could be made to the effectiveness of these two principal land and economic development statutory bodies. It will also explore the optimal structures for Government efforts to drive Indigenous economic development, and how duplication and overlap can be avoided. 

The review commenced on 3 December 2013 and reported to Government in February 2014.


Ernst & Young were engaged on 3 December 2013 to conduct this review. They bring commercial experience, a strong knowledge of Indigenous issues and an understanding of effective public administration.

Terms of Reference

The review will consider and make recommendations on the following:

  1. The effectiveness of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC), as they are currently constituted, in driving Indigenous economic development through employment, training, business development, land acquisition and management and home ownership.
  2. The optimal structure and function of government effort to drive Indigenous economic development. This should include consideration of whether outcomes could be enhanced by integrating IBA and the ILC into a single entity.
  3. If a statutory body is considered the best approach, how to structure arrangements to ensure:
    1. efficient administration and reduce red tape
    2. transparency and accountability of public funds
    3. appropriate powers of Ministerial direction or Government control

There is no intention to change, alter or take savings out of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account, which funds the land acquisition and land management functions of the Indigenous Land Corporation.

How to get involved

A public submission process was available for any interested person to provide ideas and comments for consideration by the review.

The public submission process closed on 24 January 2014.


Public Submission process now closed

Saturday, 25 January 2014

On 24 January 2014 the public submission process closed.

Submissions are currently being considered and the review is due to report to Government in February 2014.

ILC-IBA reviewer announced

Monday, 9 December 2013

On 9 December 2013, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, announced that the Australian Government had engaged Ernst & Young to conduct the independent review of IBA and the ILC.

Announcement - review into IBA and the ILC

Monday, 2 December 2013

On 2 December 2013, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, announced the Australian Government will commence an independent review into IBA and the ILC.

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