Agribusiness Investment

Agribusiness Investment Program

The Agribusiness Investment Program supports the development and growth of Indigenous agribusinesses to create a thriving and sustainable Indigenous agribusiness sector.

The program will bring together Indigenous Australians, investors, industry and agricultural producers to stimulate the growth of Indigenous agribusinesses around Australia.

The ILSC is focused on investing in sustainable opportunities that support positioning Indigenous Australians for future success in Australia’s agribusiness sector. A central part of ILSC’s agribusiness investment strategy is opening up opportunities around Australia in a range of agricultural markets to balance the spread of ILSC’s investment in the Indigenous agribusiness sector.

Key Features

  • Works in partnership with Indigenous Australians to support their aspirations for commercial success in agribusiness.
  • Brings together Indigenous Australians, investors, industry and agricultural producers to generate positive impact for Indigenous Australians.
  • Commercially geared and achieves benefits for Indigenous Australians.
  • Supports ethical and sustainable agribusiness operations.
  • Open and competitive process.
  • Aligned with ILSC’s statutory requirements: supporting ownership and management of country (both land and water) to generate economic, social, environmental or cultural benefits for Indigenous Australians.

Investing in Indigenous agribusiness opportunities

The ILSC is seeking opportunities to invest in Indigenous agribusinesses around Australia and across agricultural commodities to achieve a more balanced distribution of its investment in the Indigenous agribusiness sector.

Through its agribusiness investment strategy, the ILSC has identified a number of key agribusiness industries forecast to achieve high returns and Indigenous benefits such as:

  • Horticulture: includes vegetables, nuts, fruits and grains.
  • Aquaculture: includes freshwater agricultural commodities such as molluscs and crustaceans.
  • Livestock: includes sheep, goats, and dairy.
  • Bush foods: includes native bush foods such as wattle seed, lemon myrtle, finger limes and Kakadu plums.

Agribusiness Sector Principles for Investment

  • Fulfil our statutory obligations under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
  • Capitalise on and enhance the value of the Indigenous Estate
  • Deploy our capital and expertise to achieve maximum Indigenous benefits
  • Facilitate commercial arrangements with Indigenous groups, proven operators, investors and other business partners
  • Work in partnership—not in competition—with Indigenous Australians
  • Enhance Indigenous capability to support commercial success in agribusiness
  • Ensure ownership of the business can be transferred where agricultural land is being granted to Indigenous groups
  • Support an agribusiness portfolio that is diversified by both commodity and geograph

For more information about the Agribusiness Investment Program download the prospectus.

Opportunities for Indigenous Australians

The Agribusiness Investment Program provides opportunities for Indigenous Australians to access investment funding and expertise to support the development or growth of Indigenous agribusinesses.  

Eligibility

To be eligible, the agribusiness investment opportunity must:

  • meet ILSC’s statutory requirements i.e. opportunity involves the ownership of land and/or water-related rights (for an Indigenous Corporation or Indigenous person) or management activities related to land or water(s) (Indigenous-owned); 
  • generate economic, social, environmental and/or cultural benefits for Indigenous Australians;
  • be based in the agribusiness sector and involves a commercial partnership (with more than one party);
  • support the development of a new Indigenous agribusiness or the growth of an Indigenous agribusiness either through capital investment of greater than $400,000 or through agribusiness capability support; and
  • be aligned to ILSC’s Agribusiness Sector Principles for Investment.

Process

  1. Read the eligibility criteria.
  2. Contact the ILSC to see if you meet the eligibility criteria and obtain an EOI application form.
  3. Submit an EOI application form.
  4. ILSC will review the application to determine if the opportunity fits the initial criteria. ILSC will notify applicants of the outcome of this assessment.
  5. ILSC will work with initial successful applicants to develop an investment application proposals for assessment. ILSC will notify applicants of the outcome of this assessment.
  6. ILSC will work with relevant parties to develop a customised investment agreement.
  7. ILSC will work with relevant parties to support the monitoring and reporting of the agribusiness opportunity.

How to apply

Read the eligibility criteria. Then contact the ILSC to obtain an EOI application form by emailing us or calling 1800 818 490.

Opportunities for investors

The program provides opportunities for investors to achieve a measure of financial return while generating positive impact for Indigenous Australians within the agribusiness sector. 

If you are an investor and are interested in:

  • achieving a financial return while generating positive impact for Indigenous Australians? or
  • supporting the growth of the Indigenous agribusiness sector? or
  • working with Indigenous groups to trial new and innovative tools, methods or technology in the agribusiness sector?

Then, you should contact the ILSC to see how we can work together to develop and grow Indigenous agribusinesses.

Opportunity for industry and agricultural producers

The program provides opportunities for industry and agricultural producers to work in partnership with Indigenous Australians to share knowledge and learnings to support a strong Indigenous agribusiness sector.

If you are an agribusiness producer or industry body and are interested in:

  • an opportunity to make a difference in your sector? or
  • looking for a partner to achieve scale? or
  • looking to include value adding production to your operation?

Then, you should contact the ILSC to see how we can work together to develop and grow Indigenous agribusinesses.

Eligibility

Investors, industry & agricultural producers

  • Be aligned to ILSC’s Agribusiness Sector Principles for Investment.
  • Be interested in working in partnership with Indigenous Australians.
  • Be interested in supporting the development or growth of Indigenous agribusinesses.
  • Be willing to share your knowledge and learnings to support the enhancement of Indigenous capability.
  • Demonstrate the intent to generate and achieve economic, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Indigenous Australians.

How to partner with the ILSC​

If you are interested in partnering with the ILSC please contact the ILSC Agribusiness team.

Agribusiness Investment Program Prospectus

For more information about the Agribusiness Investment Program download the prospectus.

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