Abo­rig­i­nal con­tracts pol­icy launch

North West Telegraph - - News -

A new Abo­rig­i­nal pro­cure­ment pol­icy will re­quire all State Gov­ern­ment agen­cies and trad­ing en­ter­prises to award one per cent of con­tracts to Abo­rig­i­nal busi­nesses from the start of next fi­nan­cial year.

Fi­nance and Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ben Wy­att launched the pol­icy at an Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness expo at Op­tus Sta­dium last week.

“The State Gov­ern­ment is a ma­jor em­ployer, in­vestor, and pur­chaser of goods and ser­vices in West­ern Aus­tralia,” he said.

“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.

“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.”

The tar­get will in­crease to 2 per cent on July 1, 2019, and 3 per cent on July 1, 2020.

The Depart­ment of Fi­nance will roll out an ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing pro­gram to en­sure the po­ten­tial of the pol­icy is max­imised.

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