Good News - Aboriginal businesses gain Government business boost

Aboriginal businesses are increasingly benefitting from the State Government’s new contracting policy.

The Aboriginal Procurement Policy aims to successfully deliver government contracts while improving the economic prosperity of Aboriginal people in businesses, their suppliers, sub-contractors and the broader Aboriginal community.

From 1 July 2018, the policy required government departments to award 1% of contracts to Aboriginal businesses, rising to three percent by 2021.

The successes of the policy’s first year of operation are detailed in the Aboriginal Procurement Policy Report released by the Department of Finance in December 2019.

According to the report, Aboriginal businesses won 4.77% of government contracts, resulting in 179 contracts with a total value exceeding $167 million. That is triple the number awarded before the policy was introduced.

Contracts were awarded to 92 Aboriginal businesses across a wide range of industries, with 99% of those businesses based in Western Australia.

Further opportunities for Aboriginal businesses to promote their goods, services, community services and works will be highlighted at the second annual Aboriginal Business Expo at the Perth Convention centre in March.

At the Expo, Aboriginal businesses will network with 40 different government agencies and trading enterprises, while also gaining an understanding of the pipeline of upcoming contract opportunities.

The Expo will also celebrate the success of the Aboriginal Procurement Policy, with an expectation that increasing numbers of contracts will be awarded to Aboriginal businesses as the policy becomes embedded in agency practice.

The Department of Finance administers the Policy and supports agencies to achieve the targets, and Aboriginal businesses on how best to work with government and tender for contracts.

Aboriginal Businesses are required to be registered on either the Aboriginal Business Directory Western Australia or Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business.

For more information on the Policy, visit the Department of Finance website: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/aboriginal-procurement-policy

Article submitted on behalf of the Department of Finance by Henrietta Farrell - Director, Strategic Communications

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