Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Minister for Finance; Racing and Gaming; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Bold targets set in renewed McGowan Government Aboriginal Procurement Policy

    6/07/2021 8:30 AM
     
    • McGowan Government's updated version of the successful Aboriginal Procurement Policy now in effect
    • Further opportunities for Aboriginal businesses expected with increases to policy targets
    • Policy will support relationships between government agencies and the Aboriginal business sector 

    The second term of the McGowan Government's landmark Aboriginal Procurement Policy is now in effect from July 2021.

     

    The new Aboriginal Procurement Policy includes an increase in contract award targets to Aboriginal businesses to four per cent by 2023-24.

     

    The updated Policy builds on the success of its first two and a half years, which saw a significant increase to contracts awarded by government to Aboriginal businesses and ongoing opportunities for an expanding Aboriginal business sector.

     

    Between July 1, 2018 when the policy came into effect and December 31, 2020, 533 contracts totalling more than $379 million were awarded to Aboriginal businesses demonstrating the positive impact of the initiative.

     

    To mark the new phase of the policy the Department of Finance commissioned artwork by YirraKurl, a Noongar Aboriginal business operated by Deborah Newenham-Coertse and Melissa Spillman.

     

    The bespoke Aboriginal painting is a vibrant representation of the policy objectives and the economic opportunities it creates for Aboriginal communities.

     

    The third Aboriginal Business Expo is being planned for late 2021 to continue to build connections between government and the Aboriginal business sector.

     

    The new iteration of the Aboriginal Procurement Policy is available at

    https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/general-procurement-direction-202108-aboriginal-procurement-policy

     

    Comments attributed to Finance Minister Tony Buti:

     

    "I am excited to launch the second term of the McGowan Government's Aboriginal Procurement Policy.

     

    "The policy will continue the momentum in supporting growth of the Aboriginal business sector.

     

    "The McGowan Government will continue to consult with the Aboriginal business sector and key stakeholders to further explore opportunities to increase the policy's impact.

     

    "We want to build on the success and continue to support the Aboriginal business sector with the three-year extension and increased targets.

     

    "The policy provides a great opportunity to leverage government's buying power to achieve improved social outcomes for our Aboriginal community.

     

    "The McGowan Government is committed to forming strong relationships with Aboriginal businesses and growing the economic prosperity of the community."

     

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