Support for Aboriginal Businesses

The South Australian Government is committed to increasing procurement opportunities and building the capacity and capability of Aboriginal businesses to ensure all South Australians have access to the benefits of economic participation.

To drive this, in 2015 the South Australian division of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation led the development of a new strategy to support improved Aboriginal economic participation outcomes.

In 2016 the Office of the Industry Advocate took carriage of the Aboriginal Economic Participation through Procurement Strategy (the Strategy) and in 2017 the Aboriginal Economic Participation Policy was embedded in the South Australian Industry Participation Policy.

An Industry Participation Consultant was appointed to deliver the policy objectives and advocate for Aboriginal businesses in South Australia.

The Office of the Industry Advocate is a Statutory Authority and the Industry Advocate Act 2017 provides the Office with the power to investigate contract non-compliance and act in accordance with through the enforcement strategy.

The Strategy is two-fold, focusing on leveraging opportunities for Aboriginal jobs and business from government procurement and building the capability of the Aboriginal business sector to compete for government and private sector tenders.

Aboriginal Economic Participation Through Procurement

Through this strategy:

  • In tenders less than $220,000 (GST Incl) South Australian Government agencies will be supported to use the Aboriginal Business Procurement Policy which enables agencies to procure directly from a business listed on the SA Aboriginal Business Directory, instead of seeking three quotes.
  • In tenders more than $220,000 (GST Incl), the Office of the Industry Advocate will work with South Australian Government agencies to develop tailored Industry Participation plans, so businesses with Aboriginal ownership, jobs or subcontracting will receive a better Industry Participation score and be more likely to win tender contracts.