Sixty-four Indigenous owned and operated businesses showcased their products and services to government agency buyers at the recent Aboriginal Business Expo to coincide with the launch of the State government’s Aboriginal Procurement Policy.
Finance and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt launched the Aboriginal Procurement Policy at the event at the River View Room of the new Optus Stadium in late March.
The policy will require all government agencies and Government Trading Enterprises to award one percent of contracts to registered Aboriginal businesses from 1 July this year. This target increases to 2% on 1 July 2019 and 3% on 1 July 2020.
Directions’ Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre attended the event designed to help build relationships between the Aboriginal business sector and government buyers.
“The State Government is a major employer, investor, and purchaser of goods and services in Western Australia. Our Aboriginal Procurement Policy aims to leverage these roles to create opportunities for contracting with Aboriginal businesses, and should by extension create more employment opportunities for Aboriginal people” Minister Wyatt stated.
“The benefit of contracting with Aboriginal businesses can extend beyond the successful delivery of contracts, by not only improving the economic prosperity of those involved in the Aboriginal business but the broader Aboriginal community as a whole.”