REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION

Aboriginal Business Connect is an initiative of the South Australian Government and this site is managed on their behalf by Supply Nation.

Registration on Aboriginal Business Connect is the first step for any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) business wanting to be registered with Supply Nation. To register your business on Aboriginal Business Connect, your business must be at least 50% Aboriginal owned and based in South Australia.

After registering, your business will also be listed on Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct and may be eligible for Certification with Supply Nation. If you are eligible for Certification, you will be contacted by Supply Nation to progress the Certification process.

Supply Nation’s eligibility criteria are set out below.

Category Registered Suppliers Certified Suppliers

Indigenous ownership requirement

50% owned

51% owned, managed & controlled

(trading evidence of $50,000 income in last 12 months)

Process

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

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

Cost

Free

Free

Published on Aboriginal Business Connect directory

Yes

Yes

Published on Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct directory

Yes

Yes

Invitations to events

Yes

Yes

Communication from Supply Nation

Yes

Yes

Certified Supplier logo on profile

No

Yes

Access to Supplier Portal

Yes

Yes

Franchises

Yes

No

Not-for-profits

Yes if revenue is generated from provision of goods or service

No

Unincorporated Joint Venture / Alliance / Consortium

Maybe – please call 1300 055 298

No


Certification

A business that is majority owned, controlled and managed by Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders is eligible to become a Supply Nation Certified Supplier.

Certification criteria

To be eligible for Certification, the business must be:

  • At least 51% owned by Indigenous Australian(s)
  • Led and/ or managed by a Principal Executive Officer who is an Indigenous Australian
  • Controlled by an Indigenous Australian with whom rests the key business decisions regarding the company’s finances, operations, personnel and strategy
  • For profit – the company is not a registered charity and the company generates the majority of its revenue by providing goods or services
  • Trading as a business with a minimum annual revenue of $50,000.00 or a demonstrated recent history of trade (ideally, at least 6 months’ trade history)
  • Located in Australia

Get certified

The five steps in the certification process are:

Step 1

Register on Aboriginal Business Connect

Step 2

Indicate your interest in certification during this application. You will receive an email containing further information and a Certification application form.

Step 3

Submit the completed application form with all supporting documentation to certification@supplynation.org.au.

Supporting documentation needed:

  • Current financial information. This can include any of the following: previous year’s company income tax statement, 6 months of Business Activity Statements (BAS), or 6 months of Profit and Loss statements (P/L)
  • Insurances related to the business
  • Company constitution, partnership agreement, or trust deed (this is dependent on the structure of the business and may not be applicable)

Please note: until these documents are received, applications cannot be processed.

Supply Nation will assess the application and contact you to arrange to complete the process.

Step 4

Site visit

The Supply Nation certification team may need to visit your primary place of business to validate the information you have provided. We will discuss this with you to arrange an appropriate time.

Step 5

After a final assessment of your application we will contact you to notify you of the outcome.

The Supply Nation approach to confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent

Aboriginal Business Connect adopts Supply Nation’s approach to the confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Supply Nation recognises and appreciates the different positions held by members of the community on what documentation adequately constitutes confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. Supply Nation recognises two distinct categories of Indigenous businesses:

  • Certified Suppliers:  at least 51% Indigenous owned, managed and controlled, and
  • Registered Suppliers: are at least 50%  Indigenous owned

As part of the online registration process, registrants are asked to upload confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent for every Indigenous owner of the business.

  • a Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent provided by a recognised institution, or
  • a binding statutory declaration.

Confirmation provided by a recognised institution

For the purposes of the verification process, a recognised Indigenous organisation means one of the following:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander land and/or sea councils,
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander medical centres,
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander legal services,
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisations registered with ORIC, or
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community justice group.

Other organisations may be accepted by Supply Nation as a recognised Indigenous organisation on a case by case basis. Please contact us if you have confirmation from another organisation.

Supply Nation confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent form – statutory declaration

Supply Nation’s confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander form is a legally binding statutory declaration, and false or misleading statements are punishable under section 136 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) and section 11 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959 (Cth).

The form must include two referees who may be contacted to verify the information in that form. Referees must be at least 18 years of age and of sound mind, memory and understanding. Referees listed must be from a recognised Indigenous organisation or another organisation that is deemed by Supply Nation to have the public standing and credibility to attest to the veracity of an individual’s claim to be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

By signing the form, the signatory is confirming that they are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander as it is understood by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005, which states that to be recognised as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, a person:

  • is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and
  • is recognised as such by his or her community.

Audit and verification program

Supply Nation has a detailed auditing process in place for Registered and Certified Suppliers to ensure the continuing ownership of the business by verified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owners.

Any feedback that indicates suspicion of the Indigenous status of a company registered on Aboriginal Business Connect will be thoroughly investigated by Supply Nation. Where it is concluded that false information has been provided, the business will be removed from the site.

Do you have information that suggests a business should not be listed?

Supply Nation requests that any concerns are reported to us as a first action. All feedback is thoroughly investigated by Supply Nation following a process set out in the complaints policy in our Code of Conduct.

If Supply Nation finds that a business should not be registered, the business will be immediately de-registered. In cases where there may have been fraudulent activity leading to registration, legal proceedings, or referrals to the police in relation to suspected criminal offences, may also be considered.