National Indigenous Business Summer School WA

The National Indigenous Business Summer School WA (NIBSSWA) is a free, fun, week-long residential program hosted at Curtin University’s Perth campus that took place in January 2021.

In 2022, Murdoch University will be hosting NIBSSWA! Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students commencing Year 11 and 12 in 2022 will be invited to apply.

If you are interested in finding out more about the 2022 program, please email us. You can also follow NIBSSWA on Instagram and Facebook.

All costs including travel, meals and accommodation are met by NIBSSWA.

Photo of NIBSSWA 2021 students together at graduation

At NIBSSWA 2021, students:

  • Met like-minded new friends
  • Experienced campus life and stayed in a residential college at Curtin University, Perth
  • Learned about business from leading Indigenous entrepreneurs
  • Participated in a dynamic social and cultural program
  • Engaged in a fun and creative business learning program with industry professionals and mentors
  • Explored the range of options available through a business degree

Photo of NIBSSWA 2020 students sitting inside

2021 Program Details

  • Dates: Sunday 17 – Friday 22 January 2021
  • Camp location: Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102
  • Residential location: Vickery House, 119 Hayman Road, Bentley WA 6102
  • Program cost: All costs including travel, meals and accommodation were met by NIBSSWA

NIBSSWA 2021 Photo Gallery

With thanks to our NIBSSWA 2021 Sponsors:

Bibbulmun Fund

Doornjil Yoor-diniy – ‘Coming together to create and sustain partnerships’

Kim Collard, when establishing Kulbardi, Australia’s largest Aboriginal owned stationery supplier, had a vision to go beyond corporate outcomes and into the realms of social and economic Aboriginal community development – in which part of the proceeds of the profits generated from Kulbardi are channelled into a fund aimed at investing in Indigenous communities, the outcome of the philanthropic idea being the Bibbulmun Fund.

The vision of the Bibbulmun Fund is to generate new possibilities in the way Aboriginal enterprise and entrepreneurial leaders do business.

Thank you Bibbulmun Fund for choosing to generously sponsor NIBSSWA for another year running in 2021.

Charted Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)

CAANZ is a leading professional association of leaders in business and finance in Australia and New Zealand. Their intent is to proactively shape the future of the accounting and finance profession by developing opportunities for their members that build value from themselves, their clients and the communities in which they live and work.

In a world where the professional environment is changing rapidly and with greater disruptions CAANZ is there to help their current and future member to adapt to a constantly changing environment and give them the tools to succeed in their career to deliver the best outcomes for themselves and their communities.

Thank you to CAANZ for choosing to sponsor NIBSSWA for 2021!


Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies and has been operating in Australia for over 60 years.

Chevron strives to help improve lives and power the world forward with a vision to be the global energy company most admired for its people, partnership and performance, Chevron has a strong set of standards on which the company holds true when conducting their business, to make sure that they continue to operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, respecting the law and the universal human rights to benefit the communities in which they operate.

Chevron is committed to partnering and supporting Aboriginal businesses and integrating them into their supply chain, one such business that Chevron has partnered with is Kulbardi the benefactor of the Bibbulmun Fund.

Chevron have generously sponsored NIBSSWA for another year and we thank them for their continued support into 2021.

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

IBA was created to assist and enhance the economic development opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia. Their vision is for ‘a nation in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are economically independent and an integral part of the economy’.

IBA serves, partners and invests with Indigenous people who want to own their future and go further than to just provide money, IBA invest in people places and Ideas to help make dreams become reality.

IBA offers multiple services including help to own your own home, start of grow a business and invest in your future.

We are grateful to welcome IBA as a sponsor of NIBSSWA for 2021 and are thankful for the continued support for a second year running.


Originally Western Australian Farmers’ Cooperative, Wesfarmers in its over 100 years of operation has grown into one of Australia’s largest listed companies. Wesfarmers manages a diverse range of business operations including home improvement, outdoor living, apparel, office supplies and industrial supplies. Wesfarmers are responsible for some of the most well known and loved brands in Australia including Bunnings and Kmart.

Wesfarmers work closely with not-for-profit CareerTrackers, to develop pathways for young indigenous professionals into rewarding and meaningful careers. In addition to this Wesfarmers believes in the economic empowerment of Indigenous people and the flow on affects from supporting indigenous business can have on families and communities. This is why Wesfarmers works on increasing the integration of indigenous business into their supply chain each year.

In recognition of Wesfarmers on going responses to reconciliation and the empowerment of Indigenous youth, Wesfarmers has generously sponsored NIBSSWA again in 2021.

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG)

Established in 2003, FMG have been a strong force in the mining industry on a global scale growing to be one of the largest producers of Iron Ore in the world. FMG has made history going from a humble exploration start up to a global leader in the mining industry in under 20 years.

Fortescue was founded on the belief that communities should benefit from our success. FMG are a global force committed to empowering thriving communities, by delivering training, employment and business development opportunities for Aboriginal people.

FMG is also an industry leader in environmental protection with an ambitious net zero emissions target by 2040 and are investing in alternative energy sources to power their mine sites and office locations.

FMG have shown their own going support and commitment to empowering Indigenous people by offering Sponsorship for another year to NIBSSWA.


Accor is a leading hotel company that owns, manages and franchises hotels, resorts and vacation properties it is the largest hospitality company in Europe and is one of the top 10 worldwide. Their Portfolio includes 5,100 hotels in 110 countries with 39 individual brands from luxury to economy accommodation. Their portfolio of brands includes hotels such as Novotel, Ibis and Raffles.

People are the heart of the Accor group from servicing millions of guests to their 300,000 employees worldwide, Accor strive to foster a culture of inclusion where individuality is celebrated, creativity is encouraged and agility rewarded. Apart of the Accor’s aims is to ‘act for a meaningful hospitality” by striving to make positive impacts both locally and globally.

We are grateful for Accor’s sponsorship of NIBSSWA 2021, hosting our Business Engagement Breakfast at the Novotel Perth Langley.

Sista Girl Sign & Print

Established in 2020, Sista Girl Sign and Print is a partnership with Western Australia’s leading signage and print group Jason Sign Makers. Co-Founder and Director Raquel Todd was working with Jason Sign Makers since 2013 and has been looking for an opportunity to create a partnership that can help improve the lives of Aboriginal people.

Raquel is an aboriginal woman from the Banyjima and Kariyarra language groups of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, she has hope to use her business venture to empower Aboriginal women in the print and signage industry.

Sista Girl holds Aboriginal engagement close to their heart and has a strong focus on Aboriginal engagement in the workforce, by providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to secure a role in a supportive environment. In their supply chain, recognising that mutual benefits are achieved by bringing Aboriginal business into supply chain is a powerful way to support other Aboriginal business and in the community with the expectation that as the business expands Sista Girl will welcome opportunities to support, sponsors and work with local communities to give back where it matters most.

Thank you to Sista Girls for supplying NIBSSWA with all our sign and print requirements for the program.


Warrikal is a Western Australian owned and operated complete engineering provider tailoring innovative engineering solutions across the mining, marine and resources sectors.

Warrikal actively build a diverse and inclusive work environment where all are welcomed, they work closely with the Wirrpanda Foundation to provide job opportunities that help indigenous job seeker pursue their career goals in the engineering and mining sectors. Warrikal also proudly supports Wirrapanda’s Fundraising Dinner, the Madalah Ball to increase opportunities for Indigenous People in WA.

Warrikal’s CEO Amanda Healy is from the Wonnarua nation, traditional owners of the Hunter Valley in NSW. Amanda is heavily involved in Indigenous business in Western Australia, and is a proud supporter of NIBSSWA personally and through her businesses.

We thank Warrikal for once again sponsoring NIBSSWA for a second year.

Wirrpanda Foundation

Established in 2005 by former West Coast Eagles player David Wirrpanda, the Wirrpanda Foundation aims to lead the provision of education, employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by working together to empower and build capacity amongst individuals, their families and their communities.

The Wirrpanda foundation runs programs all over the country that are designed and developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that encourage and sustain education and meaningful employment to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to help build more resilient and capable people and communities.

We would like to thank the Wirrpanda foundation and its employees for providing ongoing support to the NIBSSWA 2021 program.

Wirra Hub

Launched in 2020, the Wirra Hub was founded to assist the Indigenous Business Sector by providing support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wanting to start grow or sustain their business.

The Wirra Hub hosts a team of in house business coaches and direct access to independent, professional support, they inspire and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to build their business capacity.

The Hub not only provides business services to help enhance the capacity of its members but also provides a functional office space including workstations, offices and meeting and training rooms so all members have access to a professional space where they can conduct their business from.

Bank of Queensland (BOQ) - Midland and Morley Branch

BOQ is one of Australia’s leading regional banks – majority of their branches are run by local owner managers as small business which make the world of difference in the delivery of personal service. They pride themselves on building long term customer relationships that are based on mutual respect and understanding and it shows as they have been operating for nearly 150 years.

BOQ is committed to supporting the communities in which they operate by taking part in a variety of corporate sponsorships, community partnerships and fundraising activities.

We are beyond thankful for Bank of Queensland partnering with NIBSSWA to sponsor our 2021 program.

NIBSSWA is an initiative of the Australian Business Deans Council in collaboration with Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, The University of Notre Dame Australia and The University of Western Australia. In 2021, NIBSSWA will be hosted by Curtin University.

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to learn more about NIBSSWA 2022!

If you are interested in finding out more about the 2022 program, please email us.

You can also follow NIBSSWA on Instagram and Facebook.

What is the application closing date?

Applications for NIBSSWA 2021 closed on Monday 16 November.

If you are interested in finding out more about the 2022 program, please email us.

Will I need spending money?

Spending money is optional but not essential – all costs including travel, meals and accommodation are met by NIBSSWA.

If you are interested in finding out more about the 2022 program, please email us.

Who will be supervising me?

You will be supported and supervised by a group of university student mentors and NIBSS Camp Supervisors throughout the camp.

If you are interested in finding out more about the 2022 program, please email us.

I will be flying in. How will I get from the Perth airport to Curtin? How do I get from Curtin to the Perth airport?

NIBSSWA Mentors and Supervisors will meet you at the Perth Airport and take you to your accommodation.

If you are interested in finding out more about the 2022 program, please email us.

What do I need to pack?

A packing list will be provided closer to the date.

If you are interested in finding out more about the 2022 program, please email us.

I have more questions, who can I ask?

If you are interested in finding out more about the 2022 program, please email us.

All universities respectfully acknowledge the lands on which this program is run, that of the Whadjuk people of the Nyungar nation and to all the nations that are part of the program across WA.