IBA and NAB collaborate to support more Indigenous businesses to access capital.
The guarantee will enable IBA and NAB to support more Indigenous business customers to access capital through access to NAB’s specialist bankers and commercial lending solutions.
The MoU also outlines how IBA and NAB will work together to provide Indigenous businesses with access to mainstream banking services and improve financial education and training for Indigenous business owners.
Noel Prakash, NAB Executive, Indigenous Business Banking, believes NAB’s business banking strength can support First Nations business growth.
“Businesses play an integral role in strengthening First Nations leadership and creating opportunities for communities to succeed. First Nations businesses are leading the charge by driving self-determination, and rapidly improving financial capability and inclusion.
“NAB has set a new target to more than double our lending to First Nations businesses and community organisations to at least $1 billion over the next three years.”
IBA’s CEO Kirsty Moore leads the Commonwealth entity with a vision for a nation in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are economically independent and an integral part of the economy.
“IBA exists to enhance and support the economic development opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia. This collaboration with NAB serves to broaden IBA’s impact within the business sector.
“Aligned with the recent 2023 Indigenous Business Month theme, ‘To Gather, Together’, the collaboration with NAB works to bring resources together that benefit our First Nations businesses and we look forward to seeing this sector grow.”