Aboriginal procurement

Purchasing from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and run businesses is one way we can progress reconciliation and drive economic and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

A 2018 report by Supply Nation found that for every dollar spent with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander business the return on investment is $4.41 in social value through employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.

The department has an Aboriginal Procurement Policy to encourage procurement of goods and services through Aboriginal businesses. Where an estimated contract value is less than $250,000 (ex GST), staff should give first consideration to Aboriginal businesses (after obtaining at least 1 written quote). This policy is not applicable where there is a mandated contract.

Examples of Aboriginal procurement:

  • Catering
  • Office supplies
  • Purchasing of school resources
  • Maintenance work
  • Research and evaluation
  • Video production
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