Our Story

NCIE is a wholly-owned but independent subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC), an independent Commonwealth statutory corporation established to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to acquire and manage land to achieve economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits. The NCIE Board of Directors is appointed by the ILC Board.

NCIE was born out of an idea in 2006 for a National Indigenous Development Centre, The ILC, with the support of the local community, purchased the land where the Redfern Public School had operated for over a hundred years.

The purpose was to provide relief to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples suffering disadvantage, in particular young people, by providing them with opportunities to enhance skills through education, training and development.

NCIE fulfills these functions by promoting and delivering economic, social and cultural benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and by ensuring its programs, services and enterprise are designed with the sole purpose of creating long-term improvements in wellbeing.


Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally improve communities, provide access to employment and training, tackle social problems, or help the environment.

Using the power of the marketplace to solve the most pressing societal problems, social enterprises are commercially viable businesses existing to benefit the public and the community, rather than shareholders and owners.

In the Australian context, there is no legal structure called social enterprise.

• Are driven by a public or community cause, be it social, environmental, cultural or economic
• Derive the majority of their income from trade, not donations or grants
• Use the majority (at least 50%) of their profits to work towards their social mission.
An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social enterprise has a governance structure that ensures control and decision-making is led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Our Values

The NCIE’s values are:

Excellence in everything we do and in everything we deliver

Integrity through honesty and consistency in our actions

Inclusiveness by embracing diversity, fairness, equality and equity

Growth through recognising opportunity in challenges and embracing change

Our Impact

We have impacted over 20,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and created over $30 million in social value*. 

Since opening in 2010, we have had over 20,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participate in life-changing programs, community forums and local events at our Centre in Redfern. Through our partners, we have impacted thousands more young Indigenous people around Australia, supporting our collaborators to build capabilities and liberate possibilities.

We have already created over $30 million in social value and our ability to make impact grows every day. Every dollar donated to or invested in the NCIE creates almost $5 worth of social value. 

We reach millions of Australians monthly through traditional and social media and provide a much needed excellence framework for engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 

The NCIE has not only had a significant impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, it has reframed possibility and positively influenced the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

‘The NCIE gives heaps of kids the confidence to go out, outside of Redfern, and do whatever they want to do with their lives. These kids are doing things you never thought would be possible ... But they're doing it, and it’s the Centre.’ - Harry Murphy, NASCA Indigenous Intern and NCIE Indigenous Youth Engagement Council

*Figures based on KPMG Social Impact Report 2013

Our Pathways

CULTURE: We respect, honour and celebrate the unique and diverse cultures and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and recognise the importance of embedding culture in all that we do.

Innovation: We strive to create a strong and robust business model that encourages innovation to deliver sustainable benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Wellbeing: We recognise wellbeing encompasses all facets of an individual’s life, including social, cultural, economic and environmental factors, and extends beyond the individual to include family and community.

Learning: We acknowledge the importance of education, training and employment in providing the foundation for intergenerational wellbeing.

Collaboration: We value the contribution of others with a shared vision, and we seek to work in partnership to maximise value and impact.

NCIE Services

Conferencing & Accommodation, CateringFitness & AquaticsJob Ready, Schools programs, Talking About Tobacco Use Program, and the Indigenous Digital Excellence Program.

'Working with the NCIE and being one of the foundation tenants has been one of the most significant steps in AIME’s growth of the program as we have risen from the streets of Redfern with 25 kids to now be working with over 1000 Indigenous high school kids across the East Coast of Australia.We couldn’t have hoped to have found a more perfect home. To be based at a world class location, which oozes positivity and has the headlines of ‘Indigenous’ and ‘Excellence’ in the title, meant that we entered a location and a base that wouldn’t settle for low expectations for Indigenous people in this country, but drove us all forward to achievement, positivity and a future of hope.' - Jack Manning Bancroft, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, 2012

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