• Australian Disability Enterprise Initiative

    The Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) initiative is leading the way in supporting people with disabilities to find fulfilling and secure work.

    People with a disability can experience many restrictions in their daily lives when taking part in family, community, recreation and work activities. For these people, a job means much more than an income. It is a doorway to engagement in community life and enhanced feelings of self-worth.

    Recognising the potential for government to improve the employment prospects of people with a disability, the State Supply Commission's Open and Effective Competition policy allows agencies to engage an ADE directly, without undertaking a competitive procurement process. Follow the flowchart (How do I buy?) to find out which steps to take. 

    Please note, to further streamline the process, it is no longer required to request advice or approval from the Department of Finance, regardless of value, when seeking an exemption from the minimum requirements of the Open and Effective Competition Policy and the use of mandatory Common Use Arrangements.

    The ADEs have an all-encompassing commitment to quality and adopt national and international standards of best practice. They are independently audited and certified and many are ISO9001 (Quality Management Systems) accredited. 

    Engaging an ADE gives access to quality work while contributing to social outcomes to the community, creating a win-win situation. Engaging an ADE makes good business sense both commercially and socially.

    In Western Australia, there are eight disability enterprises. They provide meaningful, supported employment for more than 2,100 people. Many more could be employed if work was available.

    The eight Western Australian Disability Enterprises are:

    As part of government's commitment to the ADE initiative, it has created a liaison team at Government Procurement. There is a Social Procurement Initiatives team who manages the relationships between government agency buyers and the ADEs. They can also help you with the practicalities of procuring from an ADE.

    What's next?

    For your next step, go to How do I buy?

    To find out about the services available from ADEs, go to What’s on offer?  

    Once you have decided what to procure from an ADE, go to Connect with an ADE.

    More information is available on the Resources page.