A web-based directory to make it easy for people to connect with Aboriginal businesses and increase Aboriginal participation in the Western Australian workforce was officially launched today by the State Government.
Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper said the Aboriginal Business Directory WA was a free service listing Aboriginal businesses operating in WA.
Businesses at least 50 per cent owned by Aboriginals and have Aboriginal interests represented in the management and operations are able to register and profile the details of their business for free.
“The State Government is committed to increasing workforce participation and opportunities for Aboriginal businesses so that all West Australians can enjoy the opportunities available in the State’s growing economy,” Mr Cowper said.
“This directory will make it easy for people to locate Aboriginal businesses and link to them. It will become the place to go to find Aboriginal businesses in WA.”
The Minister said the directory aimed to also increase Aboriginal employment in the State.
“Aboriginal people are more likely to employ a higher proportion of indigenous workers so linking Aboriginal businesses and encouraging their growth should have a positive impact on employment levels within the indigenous community,” he said.
Since the website went live in March, 32 companies from across the State have registered and 2,173 visitors have used the site.
Four organisations collaborated to create the Aboriginal Business Directory WA, including the Department of Training and Workforce Development; the Department of Indigenous Affairs; the Small Business Development Corporation; and Project Connect - a division of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Aboriginal Business Directory WA forms part of the State Government’s Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy
Aims to ‘join the dots’ between Aboriginal businesses, industry and Govt agencies to increase economic participation
Minister’s office - 6552 5700