- Aboriginal enterprises exempt from Open and Effective Competition policy
- Govt entities directly contract for provision of goods and services up to $150,000
The Liberal-National Government has announced changes to the current Government procurement policies, designed to maximise Aboriginal employment opportunities across Western Australia.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Peter Collier said the changes would help support the expansion of Aboriginal businesses and improve Aboriginal participation in the economy.
“Government agencies are now able to contract directly with Aboriginal small to medium enterprises to supply goods or services to the value of $150,000, without the need to conduct a full request for quotes,” Mr Collier said.
“This exemption aims to provide increased opportunities for Aboriginal businesses to secure contracts; to support their sustainability and increase Aboriginal employment, which delivers increased income for individuals, families and communities; and enhances self-esteem, self-development while reducing social isolation.”
Finance Minister Simon O’Brien said the changes to the Open and Effective Competition policy came into effect on November 5.
“This Government has committed to overcoming the disadvantage faced by Aboriginal people and this change to the procurement process will help close the gap in the areas of employment, income and intergenerational disadvantage,” Mr O’Brien said.
The changes to procurement form a key part of the Liberal-National Government’s Aboriginal Economic Participation Strategy, which was launched in September, and provides a framework for the Government’s investment in Aboriginal economic participation in the next four years.
The strategy is structured around five foundational themes: respond to Aboriginal aspirations; unlock the potential; grow economic participation; create sustainable wealth; and, work in partnership. It also supports the recently launched Aboriginal Business Directory, a web-based directory to make it easy for people to connect with Aboriginal businesses.
Indigenous Affairs Minister’s office - 6552 6300
Finance Minister’s office - 6552 5800