Department of Finance

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.

For Capability Building Support for Aboriginal owned businesses and organisations, or a copy of the Policy, the supporting guides and the Interim Report Key Findings visit the Aboriginal Procurement Policy web page.

View the introductory video from the Hon Ben Wyatt, Treasurer, Minister for Finance, Energy and Aboriginal Affairs.
YouTube video  Ben Wyatt Aboriginal Procurement

external website Media Statement: Aboriginal Procurement Policy to drive Aboriginal entrepreneurship and business opportunities

external website Media Statement: McGowan Government to further strengthen Aboriginal businesses

external website Media Statement: Government on track to exceed Aboriginal Procurement Policy target

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 for Aboriginal businesses (private sector) in both Perth and regional areas.  The purpose of the sessions is to support Aboriginal businesses understanding of state government procurement policies and processes in order to harness the opportunities presented by the Aboriginal Procurement Policy.

Sessions have been scheduled for June – August for Perth and 7 regional areas with further destinations to be added.  Please refer to the Aboriginal business training webpage for additional information.

The Aboriginal Procurement Policy Education and Training Program no longer offers sessions for agencies. 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 at spi@finance.wa.gov.au or (08) 6551 2475.

 

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