• Australian Disability Enterprises celebrate their success

    Western Australia Government agencies continue to embrace the Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) initiative.
    Around 250 people turned out to the recent annual ADE event at Good Samaritan Industries to celebrate it.

    Minister for Disability Services and keynote speaker Hon Helen Morton MLC highlighted the positive impact this initiative is having on the sector, the significant strides taken over the past year and the many departments and people involved in making this happen.

    "Since October 2012, 27 government agencies have entered into 53 contracts with ADEs valued at approximately 17 million dollars. This has delivered extra jobs and work for many people with disability,” said Minister Morton.

    “To these people in particular, having a job means so much more than receiving a wage. Not only do they learn new skills; their job provides enjoyment through social interaction and teamwork.”

    At the celebration, the Minister gave certificates of appreciation to agencies and individuals in recognition of their support of the ADE initiative.

    The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board received a certificate for the fact that, though a small organisation, it has contracts with four of the seven ADEs operating in WA.

    The Department of Agriculture and Food’s certificate was for having seven ADE contracts in the regional areas.

    WALGA received theirs for their work to include ADEs in their preferred supplier panels and for encouraging local governments to engage with ADEs.

    Alex Taylor, Government Procurement (GP) Director at the Department of Finance, received one and dedicated it to his colleagues at Government Procurement.
     “I’m proud of the department’s contribution to the ADE initiative. It demonstrates that procurement can provide great outcomes for the community, while also achieving value-for-money for Government”, said Alex.
    “The increasing commitment to this initiative within the public sector is wonderful to see and is reflected in the turnout here today.”

    The Western Australian Disability Enterprises have a joint goal of developing $50m in business and providing 2,500 jobs for people with a disability, by 2017.
    If you’re interested in helping them on their way to achieving this goal, have look around your agency and investigate if there are opportunities for ADEs to supply goods and services. Don’t be afraid to think outside the square – ADEs are always looking to expand into new business areas.

    GP has developed new web pages outlining the steps to take when engaging an ADE and gives the tools to help you get there.

    Contact GP’s dedicated ADE Procurement Manager for help with the practicalities of procuring from an ADE.

    Return to Procurement Matters December 2014 issue

    Published date: 22 December 2014