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

To drive this, in 2015 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 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 us 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 South Australian Government agencies will be supported to use the Aboriginal Business Procurement Policy and enables agencies to procure directly from a business listed on Aboriginal Business Connect, instead of seeking three quotes.
  • In tenders more than $220,000, the Office of the Industry Advocate will work with South Australian Government agencies to develop tailored Industry Participation Policy plans, so that businesses with Aboriginal ownership, jobs or subcontracting will receive a better Industry Participation score and be more likely to win tender contracts.

Aboriginal Business Support Package

The second component of the Strategy brings together a package of supports for the Aboriginal business sector to ensure there is a capable supply of Aboriginal businesses with capacity to access the South Australian Government’s procurement opportunities.

Below is a list of actions you can take to build your business’ profile, capacity and capability to improve your chances of success when submitting quotes and tenders.

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Register your goods on the SA Product Register

Does your business manufacture, assemble, install or distribute goods in SA? If so, you should register on the SA Product Register. This free online tool provides a simple way of identifying products manufactured and supplied from within the State.

Register with SA Tenders and Contracts for email updates

Register for email updates to be notified of tender opportunities across major State Government agencies and some local government agencies as they are released.

Attend Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) Business Development Workshops

These workshops are delivered in Adelaide and provide a solid business development knowledge including effective tender writing. Contact IBA on 1800 107 107.

Visit the Small Business Commissioner website

Provides independent advice for small business and provides recommendations on issues that affect it. They also regularly provide workshops to help small businesses grow and stay competitive.

Visit the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur website

If you have an innovative business idea to solve a problem, provide a service or change lives then the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur has programs and tools to assist you to develop these concepts. The office was formally established in October 2018 to provide a new model for entrepreneurship in South Australia.

Visit the Supporting Business in South Australia website

A central point of reference for the information, services and resources available to small businesses, including information on starting, running or leaving your business, available support, protecting your business, solving problems and winning work with government.

Register with the Industry Capability Network (ICN)

This online portal allows Government procurement staff and Head Contractors responsible for large projects to search for suitable sub-contractors. Work packages and events are listed on the site. Basic registration is at no cost.

Assistance in finding Aboriginal employees

Information for employers on how to find Aboriginal employees through a range of services and brokers.

Support for employers of Aboriginal apprentices and trainees

Information and support for employers and incentives to employ Aboriginal people into trade-based apprenticeships

For enquires about Aboriginal Economic Participation in South Australia please contact:
Sue Panagaris, Industry Advocate Consultant
(08) 8207 0903  |  0466 480 979  |

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