Aboriginal economic development


Aboriginal economic development is a priority for the department.

The Aboriginal Economic Development branch leads work across the department to support Aboriginal self-determination through employment and economic growth.

The branch leads implementation of the Yuma Yirramboi Strategy (Invest in Tomorrow) – the Victorian Government and Aboriginal Victorians' shared vision to generate greater individual and collective wealth for Aboriginal Victorians.

It also leads the department’s engagement strategy with Aboriginal communities through the Yuma Yirramboi Council, including the Koori Caucus of the Council.

The branch also partners across the department and government to embed culturally inclusive practices and drive improved outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians.

Strategies and initiatives

Yuma Yirramboi Strategy (Invest in Tomorrow)

This strategy aims to achieve equality and foster economic empowerment among Aboriginal Victorians within a generation. It sets high expectations and is built on strong and enduring partnerships with all Victorians.

Aboriginal Victorians have worked with the government to develop the strategy. They will guide and inform the rollout of the strategy and monitor its progress.

For more information, read the Yuma Yirramboi Strategy.


Truth and Justice in Victoria

The Yoorrook Justice Commission is investigating historical and ongoing injustices committed against Aboriginal Victorians since colonisation, across all areas of social, political and economic life.

Grants, awards and scholarships

The Dr (Aunty) Mary Atkinson Scholarship Program provides $30,000 per year for up to 4 years. Up to 8 scholarships are funded at any one time to support both undergraduate and postgraduate Victorian Aboriginal students to undertake full-time study in a range of fields related to the portfolio areas of the department.

Find out more about the Dr (Aunty) Mary Atkinson Scholarship Program.

Divisional owners and entities

  • Aboriginal Economic Development branch
  • Economic Policy, Projects and Coordination Group

Contact details

Contact Aboriginal Economic Development via customer.contact@ecodev.vic.gov.au.