Indigenous business owners can register as an Indigenous corporation through the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC). Indigenous corporations are eligible for additional benefits.

An Indigenous-controlled group may become incorporated to:

  • support the education and housing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • secure land
  • seek greater recognition for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders
  • provide legal assistance to Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders
  • develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infrastructure
  • promote art, performance or music.

How to register


You will need to follow the steps to register your business as an Indigenous corporation. The steps include:

  1. Identify your members.
  2. Create a rule book.
  3. Hold a meeting of members.
  4. Consider any exemptions you may need.
  5. Lodge your application.

Learn more about the steps to register as an Indigenous corporation.

Find out more about obligations of Indigenous corporations.

Check out the pre-incorporation workshops.

Support for Indigenous businesses


Learn more about the support available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners.