An Indigenous Initiative Delivering Dispute Resolutions and Sustainable Economic Partnerships in Country

OM Business Development is a unique commercial consultancy focused on providing mediation/dispute resolutions and high level in country commercial advice, support and project and transaction facilitation services to:

  • Indigenous communities, organisations and individuals who seek to engage in/with the private economy and
  • those private sector organisations who genuinely seek to operate in country in partnership with on ground stakeholders

Formed in 2013, the organisation is majority indigenous owned, and registered to provide contract services to inter alia the Commonwealth Government. It has Indigenous, commercial and Government clients

The Principals and Director are Terry O'Shane and George MacDonald. It employs/contracts local Indigenous personnel (and trains them) on a project by project basis. OMBD also has high level associates including partners where high level specialised and technical knowledge, skills and networks are required within a mandate.



Terry is a Western Yalanji elder with deep Indigenous networks across Australia, having served as a merchant seaman, Union representative, ATSIC Commissioner, representative to the International Labour Organisation and the United Nations among other things. He currently serves as a Director of the North Queensland Land Council and as an Indigenous advisor to the ACTU, and is a member of the Committee for Constitutional Reconciliation.

George brings 30 years of skill and networks from a career; which has included Mallesons, Adelaide Steam, Anaconda Nickel, Compass Resources, Habitat for Humanity Asia and the Cape York Group of companies, most at CEO or senior executive level.

In this case, OMBD’s community, institutional and Government relationships across the prospective project area are deep, personal and current. It is a proven operator working across the boundaries of private and indigenous business aspiration with a working knowledge of remote project development and stakeholder management borne of long operational experience.