Aboriginal contracts policy launch
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.