• Engaging Aboriginal businesses

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    The State Government is committed to supporting Aboriginal owned businesses and organisations through the introduction of the Aboriginal Procurement Policy. From 1 July 2018, government departments are required to award contracts to registered Aboriginal businesses, consistent with progressive targets increasing to three per cent. The targets will apply to all government agencies when purchasing goods, services, community services and works. The targets are also intended to apply to Government Trading Enterprises

    Visit the Aboriginal Procurement Policy web page for a copy of the Policy and the supporting guides.

    View the introductory video from the Hon Ben Wyatt, Treasurer, Minister for Finance, Energy and Aboriginal Affairs.
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    The Department of Finance has received funding approval from Cabinet to engage Aboriginal businesses to provide capability building services to support the implementation of the Government's Aboriginal Procurement Policy.

    The Department intends to undertake a consultation process with Aboriginal businesses to determine requirements. More information will be provided on our website in due course.

     

    Aboriginal Business Expo

    The Department of Finance hosted an Aboriginal Business Expo on the 29th March at Optus Stadium. The Expo provided a unique opportunity for the Aboriginal business sector to showcase the range of quality goods and services available to government, and to build and strengthen business relationships.

    The Expo was opened by the Hon Ben Wyatt, Treasurer, Minister for Finance, Energy and Aboriginal Affairs who provided a welcome address and formally launched the Aboriginal Procurement Policy. The event attracted approximately 400 attendees including 250 public servants. The Aboriginal Business Procurement Expo booklet lists the 67 businesses that had exhibitor stands and is available for your perusal.

    Education and Training Program

    The Aboriginal Procurement Policy Education and Training Program includes workshops and briefing sessions for both Aboriginal businesses (private sector) and agencies (public sector). Sessions vary in length and are available in both Perth metro and regional areas.

    The focus of the sessions are the Aboriginal Procurement Policy and the government procurement process. The sessions cover topics such as:

    • The government procurement process and relevant policies
    • Considerations for submitting a quote or tender
    • How to connect with the WA Government
    • The additional information and support available.

    See the web pages below for more information and session details.

    The Social Procurement Initiatives team would like to bring the Aboriginal Procurement Policy Education and Training Program to more regional areas, either through face to face sessions or video conference. If you think that your regional area would benefit from this opportunity, please email Social Procurement Initiatives.

    Government agency personnel seeking information on the Aboriginal Procurement Policy and requirements can access the Aboriginal Procurement Policy Module, which is available on request, by emailing Social Procurement Initiatives.

    Directly Engaging Aboriginal Businesses

    In recognition of the potential for government procurement to help grow economic participation through the support of sustainable businesses and creating jobs for Aboriginal people, the State Supply Commission's Open and Effective Competition policy allows agencies to issue a Request for Quote or Tender to a registered Aboriginal business directly, without undertaking a competitive process. This option can also be used for goods and services that are covered by a mandatory Common Use Arrangement (CUA), as outlined in the Common Use Arrangements policy.

    More information is available on the Directly Engaging Aboriginal Businesses page.

    More information

    If you have any queries please feel free to contact the Department of Finance, Social Procurement Initiatives team – spi@finance.wa.gov.au or (08) 6551 2475.

     

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