Economic potential of bush foods and bush medicine industry

The Northern Territory Government established a project to grow the bush foods and bush medicine industry in Central Australia, the project investigated the expansion of bush food opportunities in the Central Australia region.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources worked with partners in Central Australia to:

  • stimulate and support the growth of the bush foods industry;
  • realise the potential for collaboration between participants to maximise areas of common interest; and
  • increase opportunities for Aboriginal people to participate and guide economic development activities in primary industries on Aboriginal land.

The project undertook market research to determine the economic potential of the bush foods and bush medicine industry in Central Australia, and included:

  • a feasibility study and analysis of establishing a bush food and bush medicine hub in Central Australia
  • identifying the enablers and resources required.

The department commissioned Ernst and Young to undertake a research report to assess the state of the bush foods and medicine industry and to explore the commercial potential of bush foods and bush medicine as an emerging growth sector.

A summary of the research report ‘Determining the economic potential of bush foods and medicine industry in Central Australia’ (the Report) scope of works, key findings and recommended strategies for developing the industry is now available. Read the summary report. PDF (394.4 KB)

Project contact

Jenny Hill
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
T: 08 899 92140
E: Jenny.hill@nt.gov.au

Last updated: 17 June 2020

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