Business Groups

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Yerra is a local Aboriginal word that means “To Fly or Soar” and is represented by the eagle.

Yerra’s Vision

To create a supportive and continuing environment for the sustainable establishment and growth of small and medium Indigenous business. To develop a comprehensive network of world class partners and suppliers to enable us to help our clients solve complex business issues and translate complex technology into tangible business benefits

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At Yerra we are committed to delivering professional ICT solutions tailored to meet client needs. We provide an independent, flexible approach to the complete ICT life cycle: from designing, building and , through to managing ICT. We are passionate about ICT and about customer service.  We are unique in that we believe in the transformative nature of IT not just on business but communities. We are developing community based mentoring and training programs to lead young people into IT careers.

Unique Difference

Yerra is a Ngunnawal word meaning to fly or soar.  Yerra is a genuinely Indigenous majority owned and managed Canberra Business Consulting, IT Services and Recruitment business.  Our Managing Director Dion Devow is one of a very few Indigenous Senior Managers and business owners in the ICT field. We have a strong focus on encouraging Indigenous participation in the ICT Industry and Canberra’s business community and community development.

As a Supply Nation registered company we can offer Commonwealth Government clients the ability to utilise the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) for simplified procurement.

By engaging with Yerra agencies will be contributing to the achievement of mandatory Government targets.

We committee a proportion of our profits to Indigenous causes and are establishing ground breaking training and employment programs for indigenous people.

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Canberra Indigenous Entrepreneurs Centre

The ACT Indigenous Business Support Program was established in 2015 as part of The Canberra Business Yarning Circle the original Canberra Indigenous Business Forum. The Business Support Program has increased its sphere of operations and is now part of The Canberra Indigenous Entrepreneurs Centre. A further business and community development program initiative by ACT Australian of the Year, Manbarra and Torres Strait Island man, Dion Devow, it is sponsored by the ACT Government and recognised by the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. Since inception it has helped establish, mentor and advise many new Indigenous Businesses. In addition to being a discussion forum it provides practical workshops on business skills suitable for those with no experience to those with previous business experience.

It’s a great place to yarn about business in Canberra. Come and hear some great stories; celebrate Indigenous Business and learn about the Canberra Indigenous Entrepreneurs Program and other Business Support available to business. If you have a business idea or want to know how to get into business join the Yarning Circle.

Feedback from around the country and internationally was that the program was nation leading in its specialised approach to supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs.

In 2018 the ACT government generously committed funding to assist in:

  1. the continuing operation of the CBYC;
  2. the ACT Indigenous Business Support Program;
  3. the establishment of The Canberra Indigenous Entrepreneurs Centre; and
  4. the development of an Indigenous Business Chamber affiliated with the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), one of the world’s most innovative law firms, has kindly provided venues for Yarning Circle meetings and is lo provide a briefing on legal principles to the CIEC.

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Darkies Design Is An Australian Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Business That Was Established In 2010 By Dion Devow. The Word “Darkies” Has Been Used Deliberately To Negate The Historically Inappropriate Use Of The Word And To Reclaim The Name.

Dion Is A Canberra Based Man Who Was Born And Raised In Darwin. He Is Of Both Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Descent With Aboriginal Heritage That Stems From Palm Island In Northern Queensland And Darnley Island In The Torres Strait. On Dion’s Father’s Side, He Is Manbarra And He And His Family Are Traditional Owners Of The Palm Island Group. Dion Is Also A Traditional Owner For The Area In And Around Ingham North Queensland And Descends From The Bada-Bada Warragamy People And Is Also A Descendant Of The South Sea Islander People Of Tanna Island, Vanuatu ,Who Were Brought To Australia During The 1800’S As A Result Of The Black Birding Slave Trade Of That Time. Dion’s Mother Is From Erub Or Darnley Which Is One Of The Eastern Islands Of The Torres Strait And Has A Strong Connection To Murray Island People.

Dion’s Australian Indigenous Heritage Is Strong And Very Influential With Respect To The Style And Design Concepts Of Darkies Design By Using Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Art, Language, Themes, And Humour As A Feature Within Darkies.Design Products. Darkies Design Produces A Range Of Creative Designs For All Types Of Apparel And Has Branched Out Into Designing And Sourcing Promotional Materials For All Types Of Organisations And Departments For Events Such As NAIDOC, Reconciliation Week, Sorry Day, Mabo Day Etc. Furthermore, Darkies Is Also Now Providing The Production Of Printed Products And Is Working With Marketing And Procurement Areas In All Sectors To Produce Magazines, Books, Brochures, Reports, Stationery, Posters And More By Working With A Very Reputable Canberra Based Print Agency.

Dion Hopes To Continue To Develop The Darkies Design Business Into One That Is Multi-Faceted And Hopes To Encourage And Be An Example To Other Indigenous People Who Have Aspirations Of Entering Into Business To Go For It.

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