Aboriginal economic development


Aboriginal economic development is a priority for the department.

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

The group 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 group 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 address inequality and build Aboriginal economic parity within a generation. It sets high expectations and is built on strong and enduring partnerships with Aboriginal 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. The Aboriginal Economic Development Group is leading the department’s response to the Commission.

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 Group

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