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Who we are

The Indigenous Carbon Industry Network (ICIN) is a network of Indigenous-owned organisations that operate across north Australia to develop and deliver carbon projects, mainly through savanna fire management. 

Members of the network include Indigenous-owned carbon businesses, Indigenous land management organisations and Indigenous support agencies. Associate members include scientific bodies, government departments, carbon businesses, corporate entities and environmental not-for-profit organisations.

Our members are currently producing around 1 million carbon credits each year through 29 Indigenous-owned savanna carbon farming projects and have established an industry employing hundreds of people in remote Australia. The Indigenous carbon industry is generating around $20 million worth of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) annually across northern Australia through the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), compliance and voluntary markets. (1)

The network is united by our Vision and Core Values.

Our Vision is to promote and facilitate an active, innovative and Indigenous-led carbon industry supporting healthy country and better livelihoods for Indigenous people.

We are:

  • Accessible and Member-driven: We work together to support each other and strive to enable decision-making that reflects the aspirations of members. 
  • Indigenous-led and Empowering: We support more Indigenous voices to be heard and seek to maximise benefits brought by the carbon industry to Indigenous communities. 
  • Respectful: We acknowledge that we all come from different places, yet we seek common ground where we find it. We respect local cultural protocols and are mindful that our industry is grounded in thousands of years of traditional knowledge and practice. 
  • Transparent and Accountable; We are a trusted independent voice for the Indigenous carbon industry.


Terms of Reference

After identifying a key gap in coordination of Indigenous carbon businesses across north Australia; the interim ICIN Steering Committee was established in March 2018 following an inaugural regional industry group meeting at the Savanna Fire & Carbon Forum held in Darwin; with the aim to support Indigenous land managers to participate in emerging carbon industries as fully as possible with a good understanding of its associated risks and benefits by providing a point of contact for knowledge sharing and policy advice.

Steering Committee

The interim ICIN Steering Committee guides the strategy and direction of the ICIN Coordinator during the set-up phase of the network whilst more formal governance structures are put into place. 

The current ICIN Steering Committee comprises network members as follows:

  • Kimberley Land Council
  • ALFA Ltd
  • Tiwi Land Council
  • Northern Land Council
  • Warddeken Land Management
  • Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation
  • Olkola Aboriginal Corporation
  • Wunambal Gaambera AC

The network is supported by a Coordinator, hosted at Warddeken Land Management Ltd.


Members of the Indigenous Carbon Industry Network are Indigenous organisations involved in the delivery of carbon projects.

Formal membership is by organisation or individual business, but multiple representatives from each organization may be nominated to receive regular email updates. 

Members receive targeted information via email to promote their participation in the carbon industry as well as opportunities to input into policy processes and e-bulletins.

Members are also invited to an annual meeting to discuss issues relevant to the Indigenous carbon industry.   

Associate Members

Associate members of the Indigenous Carbon Industry Network include participants who have interests in the Indigenous carbon industry but do not represent an Indigenous organisation. These may include scientists, government representatives, NGO representatives, policy advisors, business advisors and non-Indigenous carbon businesses.

Associate members provide advice, information and assistance to the ICIN  

Associate members are kept up to date and linked in with Core Members through quarterly e-bulletins.

NOTE The governance structure of ICIN is currently under review with members.


We are grateful for the support of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources as well as the Northern Territory Government, Queensland Government, Western Australian Government and The Nature Conservancy which provide funding to support the network. We are also grateful to the Warddeken Land Management Ltd for its in-kind support through hosting the network.