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Be a role model in your community

'It's about being a bit of a role model for younger Indigenous people, being able to advocate on their behalf and giving something back on how to start and grown their own business'.
Jefa Greenaway, Greenaway Architects

Top tips

  • Open up to as many experiences as you can
  • Be professional, enthusiastic and dedicated
  • Get support where you can

The background

When Jefa Greenaway graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999, he became the first Indigenous registered architect in Victoria.

He has since collected multiple awards, and travelled to Europe on the prestigious Dulux Study Tour for Australia's best emerging architects. He now lectures at the University of Melbourne and runs his own architectural practice.

The business

Greenaway Architects works in residential and commercial fields. They pride themselves on professionalism which is coupled with an enthusiasm and dedication to design and a desire to ensure the design process is a collaborative one.

Jefa became aware of the support offered to Indigenous small businesses through his voluntary advocacy and support work with Indigenous Architecture Victoria.  

'My association is more than just about my business', he says. 'It's about being a bit of a role model for younger Indigenous people, being able to advocate on their behalf and giving something back on how to start and grown their own business'.

Supporting Aboriginal economic development

Small Business Victoria is committed to providing advice, support and access to growth for Indigenous owned businesses.

The Victorian Government procurement process supports Indigenous owned businesses by purchasing goods and services through its supply chains.

Small Business Victoria also manages the Victorian Indigenous Business Directory, a valuable resource for business, government, not-for-profit organisations and community organisations.

Find out more about how Small Business Victoria supports Indigenous owned businesses by calling 13 22 15.

The result

Jefa paved the way and is considered one of Australia's best Indigenous architects.  He also lectures at the University of Melbourne and runs his own architectural practice.