Indigenous business passing 'freedom, autonomy and independence' from one generation to the next

Indigenous business passing 'freedom, autonomy and independence' from one generation to the next

Indigenous Affairs Economic Development Indigenous Business Sector Strategy
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Slider: Sharna and Kim Collard standing in front of branding for their business Kulbardi

Backing businesses that support families is a key aim of the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy (IBSS). Kulbardi, an Indigenous-owned stationery provider, exemplifies the benefits of supporting businesses that lock-in prosperity across generations.

Kim Collard started Kulbardi in 2013 after a career working in higher education and consulting. For Kim, having his family involved in the business is ‘really, really important,’ with succession planning a big priority, ‘to ensure the business becomes intergenerational,’ says Kim.

Kim recently expanded his business, creating Kooya Fleet Solutions. Kim’s daughter, Sharna Collard is Kooya’s Client Manager and has responsibilities that stretch across both companies. Working alongside her father, her responsibilities have broadened as she has gained more experience.

The IBSS includes actions to help Indigenous Australians access capital and strengthen their business networks, acknowledging that in many families, a lack of intergenerational wealth and commercial networks, are barriers to starting, and growing, a business.

‘It’s the freedom, the autonomy, the independence to be able to have my own direction in terms of my life and lifestyle,’ says Kim when asked about the impact of owning a business on his life. By creating opportunities for his children, Kim is ensuring that they will have this independence and freedom too. The IBSS aims to replicate Kim’s success across Australia, creating opportunities for Indigenous business owners and their children into the future.