First Australians Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FACCI)
Chief Executive Officer
NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC)
Deb Barwick is an award-winning Aboriginal Entrepreneur and Business Owner. Deb believes that Australia’s First Peoples hold the key to a future of social well-being and economic independence – “An investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership is an investment in the Solution.”
Having dedicated much of her working life to supporting other Aboriginal people into business and promoting the many benefits of self-employment for Aboriginal people and communities to state and federal government.
Deb has many achievements, including leading the development of a national network of Indigenous Chambers of Commerce in Australia starting with the first in 2006 and finishing with the Peak Body in 2015 being the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry which today represents over 4500 members. In 2010, she received the NSW Premiers Award for Excellence for her work in NSW Aboriginal Communities supporting local economies, was selected to MC the World Indigenous Business Forum with Jeff McMullan and in 2016 Deb Led an Australian Delegation to the National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference in San Diego. The Delegation was endorsed by the federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Trade and Investment. Delegation Members included the Australian Small Business Commissioner, leaders in Corporate Supplier Diversity and Export Ready Aboriginal and Women-owned businesses.
Deb is a respected advisor to State and Federal Governments regarding Aboriginal Employment and Procurement policy and has delivered Procurement Policy Training Nationally.
Other achievements include Debs success as a business owner. She has established a number of highly successful businesses including Quambatook Guest House and Winya Furniture. Both of these enterprises have won prestigious Awards and create quality employment pathways.