frequently asked questions

1. What is Aboriginal Business Connect?

Aboriginal Business Connect is an online register of South Australian businesses with 50% or more Aboriginal ownership.

The South Australian Government engaged Supply Nation to develop Aboriginal Business Connect. This work forms part of the South Australian Government’s commitment to supporting growth in the South Australian Aboriginal business sector, and to building the capability and capacity of businesses to participate in government and private sector supply chains.

Supply Nation is a non-profit organisation operating nationally that aims to grow the Aboriginal business sector through the promotion of supplier diversity in Australia. Supply Nation has developed Aboriginal Business Connect and hosts the site on the South Australian Government’s behalf. This involves verifying the Aboriginality of all businesses registered, and maintaining the business register.

Aboriginal Business Connect interfaces with Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct database, connecting South Australian Aboriginal businesses to South Australian and Australian Government and state and national procurement opportunities.

2. How does Supply Nation verify Aboriginality?

Businesses listed on Aboriginal Business Connect must be 50% or more Aboriginal owned. Businesses that are 51% owned, managed and controlled can also become a Supply Nation Certified Supplier.

On registration, businesses must provide confirmation of Aboriginality. Two types of confirmation are accepted:

  1. Confirmation of Aboriginality provided by a recognised institution e.g. a letter from an Aboriginal Land Council; or
  2. A signed confirmation of Aboriginality descent form. This form is a legally binding statutory declaration and must include two referees who may be contacted to verify the information provided.

Supply Nation also performs ASIC and other ownership checks and regularly audits businesses registered on Aboriginal Business Connect.

Any feedback from buyers who have engaged businesses through Aboriginal Business Connect that raises suspicion regarding the Aboriginal status of a business is thoroughly investigated. Any business that is found to have fraudulently registered will be immediately de-registered and legal proceedings may be considered.

3. How are Aboriginal businesses categorised on Aboriginal Business Connect?

Aboriginal Business Connect lists two categories of Aboriginal businesses:

  • Registered Suppliers are Aboriginal businesses that are based in South Australia and are 50% or more owned by an Aboriginal person.
  • Certified Suppliers are Aboriginal Businesses that are based in South Australia, are 51% or more Aboriginal owned, managed and controlled, and have been through Supply Nation’s certification process.
CategoryRegistered SuppliersCertified Suppliers
Indigenous ownership requirement50% owned51% owned, managed & controlled

(trading evidence of $50,000 income in last 12 months)
ProcessRegister your business online with Aboriginal Business Connect

Supply Nation's internal verification process

Approved and published online on both Aboriginal Business Connect and Supply Nation's national database Indigenous Business Direct
Register your business online with Aboriginal Business Connect

Supply Nation's internal verification process

Approved and published online on both Aboriginal Business Connect and Supply Nation's national database Indigenous Business Direct

If your business is eligible, Supply Nation will contact you to begin the certification process
CostFreeFree
Published on Aboriginal Business Connect directoryYesYes
Published on Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct directoryBy default your business will appear unless you opt out. By default your business will appear unless you opt out.
Invitations to eventsYesYes
Communication from Supply NationYesYes
Registered Supplier logo on profileYesNo
Certified Supplier logo on profileNoYes
Access to Supplier PortalYesYes
Access to Member directoryNoYes
FranchisesYesNo
Not-for-profitsYes if revenue is generated from provision of goods or servicesNo
Unincorporated Joint Venture / Alliance / ConsortiumMaybe - please call 1300 055 298No

4. How does my business become a Supply Nation Certified Supplier?

The first step to becoming a Supply Nation Certified Supplier is to register your business on Aboriginal Business Connect. After completing your registration, Supply Nation will contact you if you are interested and eligible to become certified.

Supply Nation undertakes a rigorous certification process to ensure that Supply Nation Certified Suppliers are at least 51% Aboriginal owned, managed and controlled. As part of the process, Supply Nation requires confirmation of Aboriginality descent as well as proof that the Aboriginal owner(s) have the majority of the management and control of the business.

5. What level of control will I have regarding my profile on Aboriginal BusinessConnect?

Registered and Certified Suppliers on Aboriginal Business Connect will have log-in details to manage their accounts.

You will be able to

  • Add / amend or delete information (ensuring mandatory fields are completed) including image/s, logo and resources (e.g. certifications, work samples, capability statement)
  • Download your logo
  • View materials in the resources page
  • Access information about events / training

6. How does Supply Nation ensure the quality of businesses on Aboriginal Business Connect?

Supply Nation verifies that businesses registered on Aboriginal Business Connect are at least 50% Aboriginal owned. The South Australian Government and Supply Nation do not assure the quality of the goods and services offered. Anyone purchasing from a business on Aboriginal Business Connect must do their own due diligence on the business to decide if they wish to complete a transaction.

The South Australian Government and Supply Nation are jointly committed to building the capability and capacity of businesses listed on Aboriginal Business Connect, and to supporting Aboriginal businesses to access South Australian and national procurement opportunities.