More support for Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses

Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business community is set to benefit from a new ACT Government program being delivered by Yerra.

Yerra is an Indigenous majority owned and managed Canberra business. Managing Director Dion Devow has been helping local Indigenous communities for more than 20 years.

The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business Support Program will be delivered by Yerra with support from the ACT Government. The program is designed to provide support to Canberra-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic and help businesses access a range of resources or connect directly with other organisations and people who can help support the business and its employees.

Dion said he is excited to be working with the ACT Government on an initiative to deliver a support program for the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business community.

“As part of the program, Yerra will be providing support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in Canberra to help them navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Over the coming months we will be sharing education, resources, programs, training packages and other relevant information to help businesses survive and recover from COVID-19.

“Now, more than ever, we want to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are here to help businesses and their employees adapt and continue to thrive through the impacts of COVID-19. We can assist by referring and recommending programs and resources that are currently on offer.

“If you want to know how you can be part of this great initiative, or you are a business owner or employee and want to obtain some helpful resources, get in touch so I can help you.”

Dion Devow was named 2018 ACT Australian of the Year, 12 months after being named ACT NAIDOC Person of the Year. Dion is a proud champion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people achieving their business dreams.

This website page has been developed to help you easily locate some of the valuable links, resources and programs that are currently available to Canberra businesses.

If you are an ACT Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander business owner or employee, please get in touch with Dion at

To help ensure we are tailoring our services to meet the needs of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, we would appreciate you taking 5 minutes to complete a short survey to help us understand how your business has been impacted by COVID-19.

Program Update: We are really enjoying connecting with a variety of ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. Already we have helped business owners enrol in free infection control training, short courses and online workshops. Some of our business owners are in the process of obtaining a scholarship to study formal qualifications at CIT. We have shared and connected business owners with a variety of organisations to assist them in their business ventures and discuss networking and business opprortunities. If you would like to know more about how we can help you specifically, please reach out. We would love to hear about your business story and connect you with the right people to help you, your employees and your business survive and thrive. Email us today to book a discussion with Dion or one of our dedicated team members. We look forward to supporting you and your business journey!