Aboriginal Participation Strategy

The Aboriginal Participation Strategy (2019/20) provides direction on the expectations of the department in the implementation of the NSW Government Aboriginal Procurement Policy (APP).

The APP aims to shift the focus from the bottom line price or cost of goods and services towards the overall value of the outcomes delivered for Aboriginal-owned businesses. The purpose of this strategy is to provide the department with the governance and processes required to meet the requirements of the APP.

Through this strategy, and our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), the department makes a commitment to work with Aboriginal-owned businesses to help grow the first economy of NSW.

What is an Aboriginal-owned business?

An Aboriginal-owned business is one that is recognised through an appropriate organisation, such as:

  • NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce
  • an organisation representing Aboriginal-owned businesses in another State or Territory that is a member of the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Supply Nation.

NSW Government context

The NSW Government has set targets to support employment opportunities and to encourage contracting with Aboriginal-owned businesses. The targets are set at a whole of government level as opposed to an individual agency level.


  • to support an estimated 3,000 full time equivalent employment opportunities for Aboriginal people through NSW Government procurement activities by 2021.
  • aim for Aboriginal owned businesses to be awarded at least 3% of the total number of domestic contracts for goods and services issued by NSW Government agencies by 2021

A number of benefits have been realised since the introduction of the NSW Government Aboriginal Procurement Policy, including the value of contracts awarded to Aboriginal businesses.

Read the strategy

Access the complete department's Aboriginal Participation Strategy 2019/20.

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