Department of Finance

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. 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. The Guidelines on Directly Engaging Australian Disability Enterprises outlines the process.

There is no requirement 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. Notwithstanding the above, partially exempt public authorities are still required to involve the Department of Finance in the formation of a contract for procurements of $250,000 and above.

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:

Whats on offer?

To find out about the goods and services available from ADEs, visit Western Australian Disability Enterprises or the website.

What's next?

For information on the exemption process to directly engage an ADE, go to the Guidelines on Directly Engaging Australian Disability Enterprises available on the State Supply Commision website.

For other enquiries, contact the Social Procurement Initiatives team at


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